Pauls Toutonghi was born in 1976 to an Egyptian father and a Latvian mother. His writing has appeared in Granta,
The New York Times, Zoetrope, VQR, The Boston Review, Five Chapters, One Story,
Sports Illustrated, Tin House, and numerous other periodicals. He received
a Pushcart Prize for his short story, Regeneration,
which appeared in The Boston Review
in 2000, when Pauls was twenty-three years old.
Red Weather, came
out from Random House in 2006. It was translated into Latvian and German — and
received good reviews in periodicals across the country. His second novel, Evel Knievel Days, came out in 2012, and
was a featured book on NPR's All Things
Considered. He is the father of twins.