About

Biography

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Me and Brody, our first dog.

Born and raised in the Las Vegas valley,  I love Southern Nevada and continue to make my home there. I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned my bachelor’s degree in English. After graduating, I worked briefly in the teaching field and then as a legal courier for the MGM/Mirage corporate office before eventually starting a career in public libraries. While working as a librarian assistant in youth services, I earned my master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I now work as an adult services librarian for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. My wife Alley and I live in Henderson, Nevada with our beloved dog Sophy.

Me and Sophy.

The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy (2011) is based loosely on the experiences of my father and uncle. They were born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1959. The Sky Buries All Sorrow (2013) is based loosely on my mother’s side of the family, her father having been a veteran of the Second World War. Empire of the Mind (2014) is a collection of my selected poems written over the the last twenty-five years. My new novel is The Destruction of Silence (2016).  It chornicles the traumatic life a young man of Apache heritage. He suffers from abuse and addiction and ends up going on a journey to overcome his past and discover secrets to his family history.

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Influences

Toni MorrisonCormac McCarthy, Michael Ondaatje, Junot Diaz, Albert Camus, Jorge Luis Borges, E.L. Doctorow, David McCullough, J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marilynne Robinson, Jhumpa Lahiri, Teju Cole, Reza Aslan, Edwidge Danticat, Adam Johnson, Edward P. Jones, Oscar Hijuelos, Ha Jin, Tim O’Brien, Khaled Hosseini, Naguib Mahfouz, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoevsky, John Steinbeck, Henry David Thoreau, Jonathan Sturak, Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver, Sharon Olds, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, Wislawa Szymborska, Octavio Paz, Derek Walcott, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ken Wanamaker

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Favorites

Novels:  Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy

Non-fiction books:  Truman by David McCullough, No god but God by Reza Aslan

Memoirs:  Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck; Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Music:  Led Zeppelin, U2, Nine Inch Nails

Movies:  Forrest Gump, Good Will HuntingThe Bourne Identity

TV Shows:  Sons of Anarchy, Mad Men

Actors:  Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio

Actresses:  Jessica Chastain, Carey Mulligan, Emma Stone

Painting:  The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai

Athletes:  Ted Williams, Tom Brady

Sports Teams:  Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots

Collectibles:  figurines of elephants and whales

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