Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in the city of La Puente, a suburb of Los Angeles. He received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside in 2000 and went on to earn his MFA in Writing from the University of California, Irvine in 2004. He served as editor of UCI’s literary journal, Faultline, and was the recipient of two research grants from the International Center for Writing and Translation. He has worked as a used appliance salesman, a cashier and egg candler on a chicken ranch, and a retail manager. His first novel, Still Water Saints (Random House, 2007) which was released simultaneously in Spanish, has been named a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writer” selection for spring, 2007. His essays have appeared in Salon and the New York Times. Alex Espinoza has been chosen by City of Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts to participate as part of the official delegation of “LA’s most notable writers” at the 23rd Annual Guadalajara International Book Fair (Féria Internacional del Libro).