Maceo Montoya grew up in Elmira, California. He has an MFA in painting from Columbia University and his paintings, drawings, and prints have been featured in exhibitions and publications throughout the country as well as internationally. Montoya’s first novel, The Scoundrel and the Optimist (Bilingual Review, 2010), was awarded the 2011 International Latino Book Award for Best First Book and Latino Stories named him one of its Top Ten New Latino Writers to Watch. Montoya is an assistant professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UC Davis where he teaches the Chicana/o Mural Workshop and courses in Chicano Literature. He is also affiliated with Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA), a community-based arts organization located in Woodland, CA. His second novel is The Deportation of Wopper Barraza (University of New Mexico Press, 2014).