JOHN RUBIO was born in San Diego and has lived in the Southern California area his entire life. He graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in the Philosophy of Education. John is an active performer and martial artist. He has been writing poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and articles for the past decade. His work has most recently appeared in Wide Thinker.com, Haiku Hut.com, Kota Press.com, and various poetry anthologies, including: Magee Park Poets and Reflections. John is the co-first place winner of the Literal Latte 2002 Annual Poetry Prize. He also recently won the 2003 La Paloma Winter Slam in Encinitas. John is slated to be the featured guest poet for the 2003 Barnes and Nobles High School Invitational Slam and the 2nd Annual Rancho Buena Vista High School Slam.