Raul Alvarez no longer lives in California. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College and has helped edit several literary journals, including The Columbia Poetry Review and Phantom Limb. He believes that the literary community depends on active and meaningful communication between artists. In 2011 his poem, +1, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2014 his poem, A History of Manic Depression, was nominated for a Best of the Net award by Muzzle Magazine. His first book, THERE WAS SO MUCH BEAUTIFUL LEFT, was published by Boost House in 2015. He lives in Seattle.