Jervey Tervalon

Jervey Tervalon was born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles, and got his MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine. He is the author of five books including Understanding This, for which he won the Quality Paper Book Club's New Voices Award. Currently he is the Executive Director of "Literature for Life," an educational advocacy organization, and Creative Director of The Pasadena LitFest. His latest book is Monster's Chef: A Novel (2014).