Joe Amaral works 48-hour shifts as a paramedic on the central coast of California. He has two young daughters, Zelia and Rui, and his wife Marina is a surgical nurse. They love spelunking around outdoors, camping, traveling and hosting foreign exchange students. Joe and crew have taken language lessons in Lisbon, trekked Machu Picchu, summited Mount Kilimanjaro, driven from Paris to the Riviera and explored many stunning islands. His writing has appeared worldwide in awesome places like 3Elements Review, Arcadia Magazine, Crow Hollow 19, The Good Men Project, The Rise Up Review and Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora. Joe also won the 2014 Ingrid Reti Literary Award.