Julián Martinez (he/him) is the son of Mexican and Cuban immigrants and is from Waukegan, IL. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in HAD, Peach Mag, Prolit and elsewhere. His work has received The Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Find him online @martinezfjulian, or IRL in Chicago, IL, his favorite city in the world. It gave us John Prine, after all.