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Scott Blackwood is the author of three books of fiction, including the forthcoming novel SEE HOW SMALL (Little Brown and Company and HarperCollins U.K. 2015). Blackwood was a 2011 Whiting Writers' Award recipient and his first novel, WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE, set in the Deep Eddy Neighborhood of Austin, Texas, won the AWP Prize for the Novel, Texas Institute of Letters Award for best work of fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Award. His first book was the award-winning story collection, IN THE SHADOW OF OUR HOUSE, published in 2001.

His other two books of narrative nonfictionproduced by musician Jack White and featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, Sound Opinions, and Charlie Rosetell the curious tale of the rise and fall of the first wildly successful "Race music" label, Paramount Records, whose early recordings of Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Alberta Hunter, Fletcher Henderson, Son House, Skip James, and Charley Patton accidentally changed the face of American music and culture.

Blackwood, a long time resident of Austin, Texas, currently lives in Chicago and teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
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Gypsy Moth Summer (2017)
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