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Joey Grihalva is an award-winning writer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
His paternal family immigrated from Quito, Ecuador in the 1950s, right before America's industrial decline. His maternal family is from Germany.
Grihalva grew up in the Sherman Park neighborhood and is a graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools.
After high school, Grihalva earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he co-created the hip-hop news and variety web-series Don't Believe The Hype.tv in 2007.
In 2010/2011, Grihalva trained as a journalist at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
He has lived in Minneapolis, Edinburgh, Montréal, and rural Oregon.
Grihalva returned to his hometown in late 2013. Shortly after, he began freelancing and working for Milwaukee Public Schools.
In 2019, Arcadia Publishing released Grihalva's first book, Images of America: Milwaukee Jazz.
Grihalva teaches at Milwaukee High School of the Arts and is working on a new book.
He lives in Bay View with his fiancée and her two children.