Jose Padua was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in the Dupont Circle and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. He worked at the Library of Congress until moving to New York, then returned to the DC area and since then has had only occasional impact on the size of the workforce. His poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in places like Gargoyle, Washington City Paper, Bomb, Salon, The Weeklings, Up is Up, but So Is Down: New York's Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992, and The New Guard Review. He now lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife, the writer Heather Davis, and their two children.