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Raul Palma

Raul Palma is a second-generation Cuban American born and raised in Miami. His short story collection In This World of Ultraviolet Light won the 2021 Don Belton Prize. His writing has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. He teaches fiction at Ithaca College, where he is the associate dean of faculty in Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences. A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens is his debut novel.


A Letter from Raul Palma, author of A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens

Dear Reader, A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens began in Nebraska. I remember that I was trying to nap, more from despair than exhaustion, but all I could think was: How did I get here—so far from Miami and in such debt? I was a third-year PhD student, writing stories and studying abstract theories while my

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