Peter Mountford, a literary reading

TIME: Sat 11:45AM-12PM

PLACE: Pavilion

A gloriously humorous essay reading by Mountford, who graduated from the University of Washington with his MFA in creative writing in 2006  and debuted his first novel last year, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism.

Peter Mountford

From his website:

Peter Mountford grew up in Washington, D.C., apart from three  years in Sri Lanka during the early stages of the Sri Lankan civil war. In 1999, Peter earned a B.A. in International Relations, then spent two years as the token liberal at a think tank. For most of that time, he lived in Ecuador and wrote about Ecuador’s economy.

Since graduating from the University of Washington’s MFA program in 2006, Peter’s short fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices 2008, Conjunctions, The Normal School, Michigan Quarterly Review, Seattle Review, Phoebe andBoston Review, where he won second place in the 2007 contest, judged by George Saunders. His op-eds have appeared in numerous national newspapers, and his personal essays have appeared in Salon, Granta and The Atlantic online. He has also won or been shortlisted in contests at New Letters, Florida Review and Gulf Coast, and his story “Horizon” was named a distinguished story in Best American Short Stories 2008  (ed. Salman Rushdie). Currently in his fourth year as a writer-in-residence for Seattle Arts and Lectures, Peter is a two-time fellow of Yaddo and was a recipient of recent grants from The Elizabeth George Foundation, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture.

Peter’s first novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism, has been named a best book of the year by The Seattle Times, Culture Mob and The Nervous Breakdown.


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