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John Paul Jaramillo grew up in Southern Colorado but now lives, writes and teaches in Springfield, Illinois. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Oregon State University and, currently, works as Professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College. His writing has appeared in the Acentos Review, the Copper Nickel Review and in the Antique Children Arts Journal; Fogged Clarity Arts Journal, InDigest Magazine and Verdad Magazine; Paraphilia Magazine, Sleet Magazine and most recently in Palabra, A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art.
Visit my small independent press that publishes poetry and my poetry blog at the link above. I also have a blog called Poetry, Etc. at www.illinoistimes.com. Read my poems in Mosaics II, Mosaics III, Post-Mortem Musings, je ne sais quoi, Brew’s Muse, Vintage Visions, Today’s Caregiver Magazine, Illinois Times, Chatham Clarion, Men Were Never Mourned As You, Capturing Apparitions, Selected Poems of Anita Stienstra, The Lord’s Chapbook, Shifting Focus, Whispering English Trees. I’ve read my poetry at Iles Elementary Poetry Project (Keynote Speaker, Kevin Stein), Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site, Chatham Elementary School, University of Illinois at Springfield Verbal Arts Festival, Chatham Area Library, Springfield Lincoln Library, Sherman Library, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, First Night Springfield, Taylorville Art Fair, Artist on the Plaza 9/11 Memorial Tribute, Springfield Art Association Old State Capitol Art Fair, Night of the Rainbow at Springfield Theater Center, IMO’s, Andiamos, Target Store, SARA Center, Bixby’s, Higher Grounds, Gallina’s, Capitol Café, Kane’s, 12th Street Coffee Club, Wabash Coffee Shop, Trout Lily, Brew Bakers, Betty and Bernies, Norb Andy’s, Robbie's, Prairie Art Alliance H.D. Smith Gallery and Gallery II, Abraham Lincoln Universalistic Unitarian Church, The Bank Inn, Poetry for Peace at Hoogland Center for the Arts, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority Book Fair in Litchfield, Originals Series at Hoogland Center for the Arts, Illinois Humanities Council and Museum of Funeral Customs Poetry Reading, WQNA The Fly Over Zone, Access 4 Cable TV, Regency, Oak Terrace, St. Joseph’s, Virden Nursing Homes, Springfield Association of Women Journalists meeting.