Shawn Vestal



Shawn Vestal is the author of Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories published by New Harvest in April 2013, and A.K.A. Charles Abbott, a short memoir published 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 shortlisted for The Story Prize in 2014. It was longlisted for the PEN/​Robert W. Bingham award, and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.


Selected Works

“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
An essay sorting through the mazes of fact and memory surrounding the author's father and his criminal history.

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