Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in La Puente, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. He has worked as a used appliance salesman, a gardener, a retail manager, and an egg candler on a chicken farm. He attended the University of California-Riverside before earning his MFA in Writing from the University of California-Irvine. His non-fiction has appeared in Salon and as part of the Chicano Chapbook Series edited by poet Gary Soto. He lives in Riverside, California, where he teaches English at his old community college.