Jaime Cortez is a writer and visual artist based in California. His fiction, essays and drawings have appeared in diverse publications that include "Kindergarde: Experimental Writing For Children," "No Straight Lines," a 40-year compendium of LGBT comics, "Street Art San Francisco," and "Infinite Cities," an experimental atlas of San Francisco. He wrote and illustrated the graphic novel "Sexile" for AIDS Project Los Angeles in 2003.
Cortez often combines humor and tragedy to tell stories of resilient survivors who exist on the margins of the economy, the law and social acceptability. "Gordo" is Cortez's debut collection of short stories.
Cortez spent his early years in San Juan Bautista and Watsonville, two California farm towns where the stories are set. He received his Bachelors of Arts in communications from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters of Fine Art at University of California, Berkeley.