Stephen D. Gutierrez ("My Cross ....") is the author of Elements, which won the 1996 Nilon Excellence in Minority Fiction Award. He has published in many magazines, and he hopes to have a second collection out soon, in addition to a third book. Walter C. Ramirez is an ongoing project of his, a study into the soul of a man very much like himself, but not. Gutierrez has no hair on his chest, unless he's playing basketball, writing, or singing in the shower. He teaches at California State University, Hayward, in the English Department.

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