Juan J. Morales

Juan J. MoralesJuan J. Morales' most recent poetry collection is The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (University of New Mexico Press). He is also the author of The Siren World and Friday and the Year That Followed: Poems. Morales was born in the U.S. to an Ecuadorian mother and a Puerto Rican father. He grew up in Colorado hearing family stories that inspired much of his first book of poetry, Friday and the Year that Followed (2006).  His poetry has appeared in Acentos ReviewBorder SensesPALABRAPoet LoreWashington SquareZone 3, and other journals.  He is the Director of Creative Writing and an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he also curates the Southern Colorado Reading Series and is the faculty sponsor for the student literary magazine Tempered Steel.


About The Handyman’s Guide to End Times

The Handyman's Guide to End TimesIn Morales's newest collection, an imagined zombie apocalypse intertwines with personal narrative. From zombie dating to the sin of popcorn ceilings, these poems investigate the nature of impermanence while celebrating the complexities of life.

"These poems are imbued with the work of trying to understand the histories of broken things like unions, selves, homes, pasts. They carry strategies for survival even as they document crisis and loss."--Aracelis Girmay, author of Kingdom Animalia: Poems