Orlando Ortega-Medina is a US born British-Canadian author and is of Judeo-Spanish descent via Cuba. He studied English Literature at UCLA and has a Juris Doctor law degree from Southwestern University School of Law. At university he won the National Society of Arts and Letters award for Short Stories.
His short story collection Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions was shortlisted for The Polari First Book Prize (2017). In 2018, he was named the Marilyn Hassid Emerging Author for the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book& Arts Festival. Ortega-Medina lives in London.