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.
Vestal "stunned" by literary prize
A story from The Spokesman-Review, following the announcement of the PEN/Bingham prize.
"Shawn Vestal's Memory Castles Made of Lego"
An interview with Melody Nixon at The Common.
The Vestal Version of Idaho
An interview in Interview magazine, with Royal Young.
"Vestal's Own Private Idaho"
An interview with Jim Kershner at The Spokesman-Review.
The Write Question
An interview aired on Montana Public Radio.
Oregon Public Broadcasting interview
Audio from OPB's Think Out Loud program.
Opposition and Faith
Part I of an interview for the web site Bloom, conducted by Sonya Chung.
Smart alecks and fatherhood
Part II of an interview at the web site Bloom, conducted by Sonya Chung.