Rubén Degollado was born in Indiana, but is from McAllen, Texas, where the majority of his family has lived for generations. He graduated with a BA in English from the University of Texas Pan American, and a Masters in Educational Administration from Lewis and Clark College.  While he was an undergraduate, his first story appeared in Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe. He went on to be published in Beloit Fiction JournalGulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Image, Relief, and the anthologies, Texas Short Stories, Fantasmas and Bearing the Mystery. His work has been chosen as a finalist in American Short Fiction’s annual contest, Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Contest, and Bellingham Review’s 2010 Tobias Wolff Award.  His debut novel, Throw, was release on February 1, 2019 from Slant Books.

Rubén has been an educator since 1994, serving as a tutor, teacher, assistant principal, principal, grant coordinator, and school improvement coordinator. He has been married to his wife, Julie, for over 20 years and they live with their three children on a ranch in Texas.