Pablo Otavalo was born in Cuenca, Ecuador...

He now lives and writes in Chicago ...

He is a recipient of the 2013 and 2014 Illinois Emerging Poet award and his work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in RHINO, Halcyon, NinthLetter, Tupelo Press, Jet Fuel Review,  Glass Poetry Press and Structo Magazine. He's an avid chess player and artful dodger.