Francisco Martínezcuello was born in Santo Domingo, República Dominicana and raised in Long Island, New York. He has been writing short stories and journaling since he was a teenager. His passion for literature and writing continued throughout his 20 years of Marine Corps service and helped him understand the impact of war on our nation’s veterans. He is a product of the 2015 Writer’s Guild Foundation Veteran’s Writer’s retreat, the 2015 Veteran’s Summer Writing Intensive at Marlboro College sponsored by Words After War, and a participating member of So Say We All and their monthly Greenroom Writers Workshop. His first fiction short story The Gift, was published in the April 2016 issue of the Dominican Writers Association (http://www.