Pascha Sotolongo Stevenson

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Assistant Professor of Practice

Personal Teaching Statement

I have a professional background in American Ethnic literatures, postcolonial theory, and contemporary fiction. These days, I am a fiction writer who enjoys teaching Honors seminars, children's literature, and all forms of speculative writing–especially literary slipstream (which I also author). I regularly advise Honors theses too. But whatever the topic, my courses invariably insist upon the profound value of both intellectual curiosity and imagination. Curiosity, because we are here less to demonstrate what we know than to discover and value what we don't. And imagination because, without it, empathy, innovation, and joy flounder. I also aim to approach teaching with the attitude of a public servant. To my students, my colleagues: tu eres mi otro yo–you are my other self. In giving to the community, I help create a space in which I too can flourish.

Select Awards and Publications

Recognition for Outstanding Teaching in the UNL Honors Program

Robert L. Hough Distinguished Teaching Award for Lecturers

Recipient of multiple UNL Parents’ Association Awards for Contributions to Students

“Ember” American Short Fiction

“Chicory” The Normal School

“Sad Bird” The Chattahoochee Review

“The Moth” Winner of Ninth Letter’s 2018 Fiction Prize

“Butterfire” The Florida Review’s Latinx Special Feature

“This New Turn” The Pinch

“The Only Sound is the Wind” Pleiades Journal

“I've Got Gordon Ralfe’s Number” 1966

“Flight to Cuba” Saw Palm

“Spanish Girls” Penelope Niven Award for Creative Nonfiction

Cover of CHATTAHOOCHEE REVIEW with a girl holding bamboo in a blue-painted hand
Cover of FLORIDA REVIEW Latinx Special Feature with a hand holding an avocado
Cover of THE PINCH with a girl and a mermaid
Cover of PLEAIDES Issue 31 with a man and woman lounging in bug-shaped chairs at the beach

Courses Regularly Taught

Introduction to English Studies

(In)Famous Orphans, Witches and Warriors of Children's Literature

Introduction to Fiction Writing

Introduction to Children's Literature

Advanced Composition

Education

PhD, University of Nebraska Lincoln

MA, University of Central Missouri

Areas of Interest

Undergraduate Education

Honors

Ethnic literatures

Women writers

Contemporary fiction

Literary slipstream

Creative Nonfiction

Children's Literature