Michael Jaime-Becerra is a native of El Monte, California. A graduate of UC Riverside’s Creative Writing department, his early work was first collected in 1996 as Look Back and Laugh for the Chicano Chapbook Series, edited by Gary Soto. The following year he began publishing under the surname “Jaime-Becerra” and shortly thereafter, a limited-edition collection of prose poems, entitled The Estrellistas Off Peck Road, was released locally by Temporary Vandalism. He studied in the University of California, Irvine’s Master of Fine Arts in Fiction program, completing work toward his degree in 2001. He is an assistant professor in the Creative Writing Department at the University of California, Riverside.