José B. González is the author of the International Book Award Finalist, Toys Made of Rock, based on his life growing up in El Salvador and the U.S. He has been featured at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, colleges and universities throughout the U.S., American Latino TV, NPR, and has had his work anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Literature, Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. He is the co-editor (with John S. Christie) of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, and is the editor of LatinoStories.Com. A Fulbright Scholar, he has been the recipient of the NEATE English Poet of the Year Award and the Latino de Oro Culture and Arts Award. He teaches Latino literature and creative writing at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.