Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and the producer of Lip Service West, a gritty reading series in Oakland, California. A former homeless junkie, Clifford has dedicated his life to education and the craft of writing and helping other ex-junkies find a voice and a platform for their creative energies. He holds a MFA degree from Florida International University and is the author of several acclaimed books. Lamentation, his first novel in the Jay Porter series, as well as his anthology (editor) Trouble in the Heartland were Anthony Award nominees. Give Up the Dead follows December Boys and Lamentation in the Jay Porter series, all praised for Clifford’s success in using the backdrop of drug abuse to shine a light on the misunderstood and marginalized, while weaving personal tragedies into narratives that compel and transcend as well as entertain. Clifford lives with his wife, Justine, and two sons, Holden and Jackson Kerouac, in the San Francisco Bay Area.