Paul Lobo Portugés: was reared in Merkel, West Texas, until saved by UCLA, the American Film Institute, and UC Berkeley. He lives in Santa Barbara, teaches creative writing at UCSB. He has taught creative writing at UC Berkeley, USC, SBCC, Cuesta, and the University of Provence. He is the proud father of two sons. Mr. Portugés books include The Visionary Poetics of Allen Ginsberg, Saving Grace, Hands Across the Earth, The Flower Vendor, Paper Song, Aztec Birth, The Body Electric Journal, The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson, and Mao (forthcoming); his poems are scattered in small magazines across America. He has received recognition from the National Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the American Film Institute, and the Fulbright Commission.
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