Raul Palma

Poet, Fiction Writer

Ithaca, NY
New York US

Author's Bio

Raul Palma is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Ithaca College. He earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also specialized in ethnic studies. In 2017-2018, he was awarded a dissertation fellowship through Ithaca College’s diversity scholars program, which he was able to use to complete his novel. Presently, he serves as a fiction editor for Prairie Schooner. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Alimentum, Chattahoochee Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and Sonora Review. The first chapter of his novel Manteca was distinguished/notable in Best American Short Stories (edited by Junot Diaz), and his short fiction was included in Best Small Fictions 2018 (selected by Aimee bender). His collection In This World of Ultraviolet Light won the Indiana Review/Indiana University Press 2021 Don Belton Prize. His work has been supported with fellowships and scholarships from the CubaOne Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Santa Fe Writer's Conference, Sewanee Writer's Conference, and Sundress Academy for the Arts.

Publications & Prizes


Best Small Fictions 2018 (Braddock Avenue Books, 2018)
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Midwestern Gothic
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Indiana Review/Indiana University Press 2021 Don Belton Prize for short story collection In This World of Ultraviolet Light.

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Identifies as: 
Cuban American
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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Miami, FL
Raised in: 
Miami, FL
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Last update: Oct 29, 2021