Poet, memoirist, and novelist Jon Pineda earned his BA from James Madison University and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. His first collection of poetry, Birthmark (2004), won the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition. Selected by Ralph Burns, the book received praise for its complex evocation of memory, childhood, and loss. Pineda’s second collection, The Translator’s Diary (2008), won the Green Rose Prize.
Pineda is also the author of the memoir, Sleep in Me (2010), which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, a Library Journal Best Book of 2010, and a Publishers Weekly “Indie Sleepers” Pick. Pineda’s first novel, Apology (2013), won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. Pineda’s honors and awards include a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. He has taught in the Kundiman Asian American Writers Retreat, the low-residency MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, Virginia, and at Old Dominion University. Currently, he teaches creative writing at the University of Mary Washington and lives in Virginia with his wife and children.