Colorado Creatives

100 Colorado Creatives: Manuel Ramos

#10: Manuel Ramos

Manuel Ramos looms large in Denver's Chicano arts and political communities: A veteran legal-aid lawyer for more than forty years, Ramos found voice as a writer when he wasn't fighting for justice, though even that vocation is imbued with an innate understanding of the struggles of the downtrodden. In five published mysteries, his lead character Luis Móntez, also a Chicano lawyer but with a dark side, finds adventure in familiar Denver locales, while in his 2010 novel King of the Chicanos, Ramos conjures up the rise of the Chicano movement of the '60s, from its roots in migrant-worker communities.

Last year, Ramos published a new stand-alone mystery, Desperado: A Mile High Noir, and today he continues to contribute to La Bloga, an online Latino news and arts magazine he helped found, while looking forward to his impending retirement. But don't worry: Ramos still has a lot to write and say, as evidenced by his answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Mario Acevedo

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