Bio & Work

Javier Sandoval - author

Javier Sandoval grew up in the Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico, but later immigrated to Wisconsin (where his mother sent him to kindergarten every day in a cowboy hat). He then moved to Texas (falling for its blues and badlands) and North Carolina (living in a shelter for three years). 

After building a startup invested in by Microsoft, he attended Brown University on its full-ride Leadership Endowed Award, where he studied creative writing under Forrest Gander, C. D. Wright, and John Wideman; co-authored 2 Billion Under 20 (St. Martin’s Press); and published his first book of fiction, a literary gang-thriller, Cicada, Ladybug (Thought Catalog Books). 

He’s now a Graduate Council Fellow at the University of Alabama’s MFA program, where he teaches and serves as Poetry Editor of Black Warrior Review. His own poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Salt Hill, Folio, Anti-Heroin Chic and The Madison Review, among others.

You can follow him on IG for updates and jokes @JavierWantsCandy.


Cicada, Ladybug | Thought Catalog Books, 2015


Blue Moon Over Seattle | Salt Hill, forthcoming
In the Name of Perfection | The Madison Review, 2022
Praise Dog! | Indiana Review, forthcoming


Let What’s Left Behind Remain There | Indiana Review, forthcoming
Uncle Peyote | Indiana Review, forthcoming
A Breath of Grace | Anti-Heroine Chic, 2022
From Your Forest Dog | Folio, forthcoming
A Blind Turtle Leads My Skiff | Wild Roof Journal, 2023
En la cocina before Mass | Querencia Press, 2022
Good luck hiding it | Querencia Press, 2022
To Be Thrust From the Garden Is A Loving Act | orangepeel, 2022
Have you kept your blood warm? | The Indy, 2016

creative non-fiction

2 Billion Under 20 | St. Martin’s Press, 2015