Pascha Sotolongo is a Latina fiction writer and college English professor who was born and raised in Florida but dreams of Cuba. 

Given to surrealism, her writing explores themes of poverty, isolation, longing, and invisibility. Her short story “The Moth” won Ninth Letter’s Literary Award for Fiction, and many of her stories have been named finalists for prizes including: the Ploughshares Emerging Writers Prize, the American Short(er) Fiction Prize, the Lamar York Fiction Prize, the Robert and Adele Schiff Award in Fiction, and the Writers Digest Short Short Fiction Prize. Her CNF essay “Spanish Girls” won the Salem College Penelope Niven Award in Creative Nonfiction.

Currently, Pascha is writing a memoir about attending college with her parents, the three of them funded entirely by financial aid. She is also planning a magical realist novel about grieving as an act of rebellion.

Her debut story collection, The Only Sound Is the Wind, will be published by W.W. Norton on October 1, 2024.