Paul Lobo Portugés was reared in Merkel, West Texas, until saved by UCLA, the American Film Institute, and UC Berkeley. He lives in Santa Barbara, teaches screenwriting and creative writing at UCSB. He has taught creative writing at UC Berkeley, USC, and the University of Provence. He is the proud father of two sons. Mr. Portugés books include The Visionary Poetics of Allen Ginsberg, Saving Grace, Hands Across the Earth, The Flower Vendor, Paper Song, Aztec Birth, The Body Electric Journal, The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson, and Mao (forthcoming); his poems are scattered in small magazines across America. At present a couple of his screenplays are in development (Jack and Marilyn, Bezerkeley), another is in production (The Body Electric Stories), and a few of his poetry films can now be seen on the internet. He has received recognition from the National Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the American Film Institute, and the Fulbright Commission.