Juan Alvarado Valdivia, MFA Creative Nonfiction '10

Program Associate for ChangeLab Solutions

Juan's short story collection, Ballad of a Slopsucker, will be released February 15, 2019 by University of New Mexico Press. Congrats! 

Juan
 

Juan Alvarado Valdivia was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Fremont, CA. In 2011 he was awarded an artist residency fellowship through The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. He is a proud two-time VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) alum and attended the 2013 Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Acentos Review, Black Heart Magazine, and Label Me Latina/o. His first book, Cancerlandia!: A Memoir was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2015. He lives in Oakland with his sweetheart, Maria.

Juan's News

  • Juan's short story collection, Ballad of a Slopsucker, will be released February 15, 2019 by University of New Mexico Press. 
  • Juan's short story, "A Pedestrian Question," was recently published in The Cortland Review.
  • Juan Alvarado Valdivia's short story was recently published in Origins Journal "Intersections, Volume 4, 2017" and a Fash Nonfiction was just published on Thread, "Ode To Thrash Metal"
  • Juan interviews the band, Blackwulf​ on The Bay Bridged
  • ¡CANCERLANDIA!, A MEMOIR is a 2016 International Latino Book Award finalist for Best Biography in English! Read all about it here!
  • Juan was recently interviewed about his latest book ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir for the University of Notre Dame's Letras Latinas Blog! You can find it here.
  • The Latino Author.com ranks Juan's ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir in their Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books for 2015!
  • Juan will be reading at Voices from the Margins on November 25 in the Octopus Literary Salon.
  • Juan will read from his book, ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir, at Orinda Books on October 10th from 1-3p. Click here for more detials.
  • Juan will read from his book, ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir, at Modern Times Bookstore Collective on October 1st from 7-8:30p. To find out more, click here
  • Juan will be reading at Why There Are Words presents: “Stumbling" on September 10, 2015! Check here for more details.
  • Check out this video of Juan talking about his latest book ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir, which will be released September of this year.
  • Juan's debut book ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir is being published by The Universtiy of New Mexico Press and will be on shelves September 2015.