Rafael Alvarez is the author of 11 books — both fiction and non-fiction; a veteran journalist who began working on the City Desk of the Baltimore Sun while in college, and a former staff writer for the HBO drama “The Wire.”

His began writing for television in 1997 with a free-lance episode for the NBC drama “Homicide: Life on the Street,” filmed in Baltimore.

In 2005, Alvarez was a writer and producer on the Emmy award-winning show Thief for F/X. The following year, he sold a pilot script, Panic in Detroit, to NBC. Network staffing jobs include “The Black Donnelys,” and “Life,” both for NBC.

Alvarez’s work has been praised by National Book Award winner James McBride.

Most recently, he published a book on World War II told through 1,400 letters between a young wife and her Army captain husband, a cache of correspondence discovered in a Baltimore storage unit.

In 2020, Cornell University Press will publish his biography of a former Baltimore criminal/junkie who now runs one of the largest drug treatment centers in Baltimore.