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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Paul Jaramillo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1974 in Pueblo, Colorado



Illinois Connection

John Paul Jaramillo grew up in Southern Colorado but now lives, writes and teaches in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

He earned his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Oregon State University and, currently, holds the position of Associate Professor of English in the Arts and Humanities Department of Lincoln Land Community College.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The House of Order: Stories
ISBN: 1937536165

Anaphora Literary Press. 2011

2013 International Latino Book Award Finalist-The Mariposa Award-Best First Book-Fiction

"If you like writing that is unpredictable and makes you think, this collection is for you.

These short stories have characters with complex, sometimes depressing, but always fascinating lives." -Latino

2013 Top Ten "New" Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)

The House of Order, the first collection of composite stories by John Paul Jaramillo
, presents a stark vision of American childhood and family, set in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Manito Ortiz sorts family truth from legend as broken as the steel industry and the rusting vehicles that line Spruce Street. The only access to his lost family's story is his uncle, the unreliable Neto Ortiz.


-- In 2012 his first collection of composite stories was published by Anaphora Literary Press, and in 2013 the editors of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of its 2013 top 10 new Latino authors.