Leo Ríos

Leo Ríos was born in Delano, California, and has studied at UCLA, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and Cornell University. His short story “Dirty Dishes” won The Arkansas International’s inaugural Emerging Writer’s Prize. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Leo Ríos



I. My madrina and I right away got a truckload of watermelons from a neighboring rancho, to keep us hydrated for the two months we’d be working. We—me being a twelve-year-old boy but strong like a freaking tiger homie, she being my fifty-year-old godmother, XXL because her meals had lard plus no small amount of […]

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