I’m homegrown—born, raised, and continuing to live in the growing city of Edinburg. Since my graduation from Edinburg North High School in 2001, I wanted to work with books. Writing them, editing them, or finding a job at a library, it didn’t matter—words were companions I never wanted to abandon.

I attended the University of Texas, Pan American (UTPA), majoring in English with a stress in contemporary literature and creative writing. I studied under René Saldaña Jr. (The Jumping Tree, The Whole Sky Full of Stars), José Skinner (Flight and Other Stories), Emmy Perez (Solstice), and Richard Yañez (Cross Over Water, El Paso Del Norte). While creative writing is my foundation, over the years I published articles in local alternative newspaper and wrote for a pornographic website (an experience I still look fondly upon). I published a short story, “David,” in the 2006 issue of Gallery, UTPA’s student literary magazine.

I’m employed at a local library, where I find myself surrounded by books everyday. I’m the father of a magnificent child who leaves me in awe with all he does. Despite my uncertainty of what lies ahead, so long as I have my son and my writing, there is no obstacle I cannot overcome.