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Born in the Chihuahuan desert of northern Mexico, Michael’s parents promptly packed him up like precious cargo along with his siblings and moved to El Norte. He remained and established roots in the Pacific Northwest, receiving his BA from Gonzaga University and his JD from Willamette University.
In 1977, Michael did a brief stint with the U.S. Marine Corps. Later, as an attorney, he has served as a prosecutor, parole board member, and assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon. He now earns a living working as a legal assistant in a Salem law firm and as an author of fiction.
Michael’s debut novel, The Guadalupe Saints, was published by Paraguas Books in April 2011 and won Second Place in the 2012 International Latino Book-to-Movie Awards. His novella, Seeking Tierra Santa, received Honorable Mention in the 2013 ILBA for Best Novel in the adventure/drama category.
His poetry has appeared in “200 New Mexico Poems.”
Michael’s fiction has been published in over twenty literary journals and magazines. Some of those stories are included herein. He is currently polishing his fourth novel for publication. He has also been published in seven different legal periodicals.
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