Shawn Vestal



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Shawn Vestal's Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories published by New Harvest in April 2013, was named the winner of the PEN/​Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that "represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise." He also published A.K.A. Charles Abbott, a short memoir, as a Kindle Single in October 2013. His stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney's, Ecotone, The Southern Review, Cutbank, Sou'wester, Florida Review and other journals. He writes a column for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane,Wash., and teaches in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.

Godforsaken Idaho was also longlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and was named an outstanding collection by The Story Prize.

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Fiction
“A provocative and revelatory debut, filled with stories about losing faith and trying (often in vain) to find purpose, mainly set amid the sparsely populated Mormon country of the rugged Northwest.” –Kirkus Reviews
Nonfiction
An essay sorting through the mazes of fact and memory surrounding the author's father and his criminal history.

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