Jason Flores-Williams was born in Los Angeles in 1969. He graduated from the City University of New York with an Honours degree in Philosophy in 1991. He then moved to Prague, where he became the first pizza delivery boy in the history of eastern Europe, and on to San Francisco where he wrote four novels in a basement and founded the Litstock literary festival in 1999. His novel The Last Stand of Mr America (published by Canongate in 2003) got him banned from reading at Columbia University. He is currently in law school.