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Joey Grihalva is an award-winning writer from the American Midwest.

His paternal family immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Quito, Ecuador prior to America's industrial decline.

Grihalva grew up in the Sherman Park neighborhood and attended Milwaukee Public Schools.

He attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he co-created the hip-hop news and variety web-series Don'tBelieveTheHype.tv in 2007.

In 2011, Grihalva received a graduate diploma in journalism from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Grihalva lived in Minneapolis, Edinburgh (Scotland), Montréal, and rural Oregon before moving back to his hometown in late 2013.

In 2014, he began writing for UrbanMilwaukee.com.

In the summer of 2016, Grihalva became a feature writer for the website of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and a contributing writer at Wisconsin Gazette.

Grihalva teaches at Milwaukee High School of the Arts and is working on a series of books.

He lives in Bay View with his fiancée and her two children.