Alberto Álvaro Ríos, born in 1952 in Nogales, AZ, is the author of ten books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. His books of poems include, most recently, "A Small Story about the Sky," The Dangerous Shirt," The Theater of Night," winner of the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award, "The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body," a finalist for the National Book Award, "Teodoro Luna's Two Kisses," The Lime Orchard Woman," The Warrington Poems," Five Indiscretions," and "Whispering to Fool the Wind." His three collections of short stories are, most recently, "The Curtain of Trees", along with "Pig Cookies," and "The Iguana Killer." His memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border, called "Capirotada" won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award and, most recently, was designated as the OneBookArizona choice for 2009. He is the Poet Laureate of Arizona.