Manuel Ramos introduced lovers of noir fiction to Luis Móntez, a burnt out Denver attorney, in the acclaimed novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz in 1993. The last 20 years have seen seven more Ramos novels — four featuring Luis Móntez — as well as continued recognition, including the Colorado Book Award, the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League, and two honorable mentions from the Latino International Book Awards. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in many magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. Ramos is a co-founder of and regular contributor to La Bloga (www.labloga.blogspot.com), an award-winning Internet magazine devoted to Latino literature, culture, news, and opinion.
Ramos is a practicing attorney and director of advocacy for Colorado Legal Services, the statewide legal aid program, where he has also been recognized with the Colorado Bar Association’s Jacob V. Schaetzel Award, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s Chris Miranda Award, and the Spirit of Tlatelolco Award, to mention several honors. Ramos is also the author of a handbook on Colorado landlord-tenant law, now in a fifth edition.
Ramos’s eighth novel, Desperado: A Mile High Noir, was published by Arte Público Press in 2013.