Scott Blackwood’s novel, We Agreed to Meet Just Here, (New Issues Press, 2009) tells the story of a Texas town in which several mysterious disappearances occur. It won the AWP Prize for the Novel, The Texas Institute of Letters Award for Best Fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Award. The Whiting Selection Committee was struck by “its marvelous compression, and the elegiac, ominous yearning, the fugue of loss and love and death that pervades the book.” His first book, In the Shadow of Our House, was published by SMU Press in 2001. Other stories have appeared in Callaloo, The Gettysburg Review, Boston Review, Southwest Review and American Short Fiction, among other magazines. He has received a Dobie Paisano Fellowship and two Texas Commission on the Arts fellowships, and was recently a distinguished writer-in-residence at Wichita State University. Mr. Blackwood, who grew up in Texas and has an MFA from Texas State University, now lives in Chicago where he is an Assistant Professor of English and directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at Roosevelt University.
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