Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father, which inspired much of the poems in his poetry collections, The Siren World and Friday and the Year That Followed. He is also the author of The Handyman’s Guide to End Times, winner of the 2019 International Latino Book Award. His poems have also recently appeared in Pleiades, Copper Nickel, Pank, The Laurel Review, the anthologies Dear America and Breakbeats Vol. 4 LatiNext, and forthcoming in Acentos Review and Salamander. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondo Fellow, the Editor of Pilgrimage Magazine, and the Chair of English and World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo.