SCOTT GARSON

A writer, editor, and educator, Scott Garson grew up in Iowa and spent a number of summers on Lake Okoboji. These days he teaches and coordinates the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Missouri. 

He’s the founding editor of Wigleaf—an international journal of very short fiction and a four-time Pushcart-Prize awardee. As Editor, he has enjoyed working with debut and emerging writers as well as more established writers, like New York Times bestselling authors Rumaan Alam and Roxane Gay.

Editing Wigleaf also means serving as an unofficial ambassador for flash fiction (defined variously as stories under 1000 or 750 words). In an interview published in the current edition of the Best Microfiction annual, Garson considers developments since the year Wigleaf was launched: “There weren’t as many journals publishing flash in ’08, and there weren’t as many people writing it. Now, it’s like nearly every young writer tries their hand at very short fiction, and this infusion—of diverse talents and perspectives and voices—has done wonders for the form. People can’t ignore flash fiction anymore (see, for example, The New Yorker, which has started publishing it).”

Garson’s own stories and flash fictions have appeared in journals like Electric Literature, The Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, and Threepenny Review. His work has been anthologized in Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction, and Best of the Web, and has been gathered in two books: American Gymnopédies, a collection of microfictions, and Is That You, John Wayne?—a collection of stories and flash fictions which was taken up for promotion on Barnes&Noble.com in conjunction with the Discover New Writers program.

In his currently non-existent free time, he enjoys picking out books to be read at a later date.

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