Jared Aragona was born in White Plains, NY in 1969. In 1990, he wrote the first version of Stories from the Circle for a writing class at Cornell Univesity. He then spent the early nineties in Hollywood writing script treatments and ad copy while also continuing to develop Stories from the Circle, but in 1995, he returned to school to study literature, explore rare archives, and achieve a better understanding of the way the stories people tell have influenced human consciousness for better or worse. Of particular interest to him was the concept of utopia and the ways that writers represented their visions of an ideal world. Today Dr. Jared L. Aragona is the author of the contemporary fantasy/sci fi book series Stories from the Circle and is a professor of English at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona where he teaches World Mythology, focusing on gods, creation, heroes, and utopias; he also teaches several writing courses. He and his wife Dina have two sons, Nicolo and Santino.