After 6 years of being a public high school teacher in Louisiana and Massachusetts, Alan decided to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco. In 2015, he received the Lawrence Ferhlinghetti Poetry Fellowship, which is awarded to a writer “whose work embodies a concern for social justice and freedom of expression.” Previously, he attended Foothill Community College and UC Berkeley, where he graduated as a member of June Jordan's Poetry for the People program. During his time at USF, his poems were selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess to be featured in the Intro Journals Project from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs; his other works have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Puerto del Sol, Iron Horse Review, Huizache, BorderSenses, and various other publications, in which he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first poetry collection, This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album, was the winner of the 2018 Black River Chapbook Competition and his second, Piñata Theory, was awarded the 2018 Hudson Prize. They are both forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press. Currently, he teaches 10th grade at the Oakland School for the Arts, where students have drawn him to look cooler than he really does. He is proud to be a first-generation Chicanx with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Veracruz, Mexico, where his mom lives. He wears a lot of Puma sneakers.