Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author, speaker, actor, and educator. He is the author of the acclaimed middle grade novel The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora and the forthcoming Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish. His next two novels will debut on the new Kokila Penguin/Random House Imprint, which focuses on publishing diverse books for children and young adults. Pablo has acted on stage and television (notably co-starring on NBC’s "Will & Grace") and frequently gives talks around the country on writing, reading, and multilingualism. He is the co-author of the picture book, Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes (Random House Children’s Books, 2010), a contributor to the literary magazine, Miami Rail; the Spanish language editorial, Suburbano Ediciones; and a translator for the poetry chapbook, Cinco Poemas/Five Poems based on the work of the poet Hyam Plutzik.
Pablo has been a guest speaker at Florida International University’s Exile Studies Program, University of Miami's Lowe Museum, and has visited schools throughout the US. He leads an Knight Foundation Arts Grant funded initiative through The Betsy Hotel called Escribe Aquí, which promotes and supports bilingual authors and creatives from around the world with a focus on Iberoamerican authors and artists. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Loyola Marymount University. He currently serves as lead faculty at Sierra Nevada College's low residency MFA in the Writing for Children and Young Adults track.
Awards and Honors include: 2018 American Library Association’s Pura Belpré Honor, 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Middle Grade Audiobook of the Year (for narration and title), 2018 Cybils Award Finalist, 2018 Texas Lone Star Reading List, 2017 Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start, and the 2018 Thurber House Writer-in-Residence.