Author and ASU creative writing professor Matt Bell leads a conversation with Joseph Scapellato, who shares a his debut story collection Big Lonesome.
Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange. Big Lonesome
navigates through the American West--from the Old West to the modern-day West to the Midwest, from cowboys to mythical creatures to everything in between--exploring place, myth, masculinity, and what it means to be whole or to be broken. He works in the tradition of George Saunders and Patrick deWitt--writing subversive, surreal, and affecting stories that unveil the surprising inner lives of ordinary people and the mythic dimensions of our everyday lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOSEPH SCAPELLATO is a visiting assistant professor of English at Bucknell University. His fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online
, Gulf Coast
, Post Road
, Puerto Del Sol
, and Lumina
, as well as other journals, and has been anthologized in Harper Perennial's Forty Stories
, Gigantic Books' Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction
and & NOW's The Best Innovative Writing