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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joseph Scapellato  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: , in


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Scapellato was born in the suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joseph Scapellato earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University. His fiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Post Road, PANK, Unsaid, and other literary magazines, 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.

Joseph is an assistant professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at Bucknell University. His currently resides in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

Big Lonesome :
ISBN: 0544769805. OCLC Number: 932050698

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"An inventive, ranging debut story collection from a writer hailed by Claire Vaye Watkins as "Wallace Stegner on peyote, Nathanael West in a sweat lodge, Larry McMurtry on a vision quest." 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. Though 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--"Scapellato's Big Lonesome is unlike anything else you've ever read" (Robert Boswell)"--

The made-up man /
ISBN: 0374200076. OCLC Number: 1036204858

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"A debut novel wherein darkly comedic noir meets psychological suspense when a young man finds himself being used as source material in his uncle's disturbingly personal art project" --