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Blas Padrino was born in Cuba and arrived in the US at age fourteen as an unaccompanied Cuban refugee under the Pedro Pan Program. Two years later, he graduated from high school at the top of his class and enrolled in New York City’s Columbia College. He graduated in 1968 – in the midst of that school’s iconic student revolt – with a BA in Anthropology. Four years later, he received his JD from Columbia School of Law and moved to Washington, DC, where he worked as an attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. He moved to Miami, Florida, in 1976 and continued to practice law until 1995, when he shifted from writing legal pleadings and briefs to writing fiction, essays, and creative non-fiction. In 2006, his screenplay, A Wild Ride on a Seesaw received Honorable Mention in that year’s Writer’s Digest magazine annual competition. He has completed three novels and is working on others, as well as a memoir. He also writes a regular column on popular Cuban history and another on local Central Florida politics for the online news and information site, Examiner.com, as well as short stories and poetry in English, Spanish, and occasionally in Portuguese. He lives in Orlando, Florida, with his two cats.