John Huddle is the incredibly proud parent of an Aurum Prep student. Originally from Los Angeles, John lived in eleven cities by the age of eighteen. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and a BA in English from the University of Illinois where he won the Kirker-Quinn award for Fiction. For twelve years John taught creative writing and literature on the university level. He was awarded the Outstanding Instructor award at the University of Illinois. For nine years he co-directed Youth Environmental Studies, a middle school literacy, arts and sciences program funded through the University of Texas Medical Branch by a National Institute of Health Sciences Grant. In 2011 he joined World Vision - the largest nongovernmental provider of clean water in the world - and for over ten years he has worked to empower sustainable, indigenous-led development around the world. Presently, John serves as the Executive Director of EIKON, an Oakland-based nonprofit and church focused on empowering under-served and unsheltered people in the East Bay. He is the author of Blood Brothers: A Collection of Short Stories as well as other pieces of short fiction and essays. John is married to his best friend, Amanda. They have five children.