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Fiction Writer, Poet
Raul Palma is a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he is also pursuing a specialization in ethnic studies. He serves as assistant editor of fiction for Prairie Schooner, and is a contributing editor for Watershed. Most recently, his work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, decomP, Gargoyle, Midwestern Gothic, NANO, Rhino, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. Palma has been the recipient of the Sandoz/Prairie Schooner story prize, the Soul-Keats Making Mary Mackey story prize, and a finalist in many major story contests. His fiction has been anthologized in 2013 Extract(s) II, 2014 Best of Vine Leaves Journal, and Eclectica 20 Year Fiction Anthology. Additionally, his work has been supported with fellowships and scholarships from the Sewanee Writer's Conference, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. His collection of stories In These Cities of Ultraviolet Light finished top-3 in Indiana Review's Blue Light's Book Prize, his novella Immaculate Mulch was shortlisted for the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Prize, and his hybrid collection P E C F D was a finalist in the Vine Leaves Collection Prize.
I am a retired university professor and author of the poetry collection, Comfort in Small Rooms. Individual poems from this collection won the 2008 Robert Cohn Prose Poetry Award, appeared in Best New Poets 2009, are included in the online anthology, In the Heydays of His Eyes, and have been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Other poems have appeared in The Bellingham Review, The Atlanta Review, The New Guard, Aesthetica, Naugatuck River Review, The Mom Egg Review and Memoir.