Official Bio: Pauls Toutonghi was born in 1976 to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother. He speaks Latvian, French, and a little Arabic — the three languages that form the backdrop of his earliest memories.
His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Granta, The New York Times, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Boston Review, One Story, Sports Illustrated, The Yemen Observer, and numerous other periodicals. He received a Pushcart Prize for his short story, Regeneration, which first appeared in The Boston Review in 2000.
His books – two novels from Random House and a work of non-fiction from Knopf – have been translated into Portuguese, Italian, German, and Latvian.
Kirkus, in a starred-review, said that Pauls’ second novel, Evel Knievel Days, was “…brilliantly imagined. Artfully written. Superbly entertaining.” And the New York Times agreed, saying it was, “told with an addictive voice and bulging with fully-realized characters.”
After receiving his PhD in Postcolonial English Literature from Cornell University, Toutonghi moved from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon — where he now teaches at Lewis & Clark College.
He is the father of twins.