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Peter Mountford

Peter Mountford has taught creative writing—fiction and nonfiction, primarily—to thousands of writers at all phases of their careers. An accomplished and widely published author in his own right, Peter teaches from a place of practical application, and from personal experience.

Peter’s first novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) won the 2012 Washington State Book Award, was a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novel Award, and is currently being developed as a television show by Campanario Entertainment. His second novel The Dismal Science (Tin House Books) was a finalist for the 2015 WSBA, and was a New York Times editor’s choice.

Peter’s short work has appeared in the New York Times (the ‘Modern Love’ column), the New York Times MagazineParis Review, The Atlantic magazine, GrantaGuernicaSouthern ReviewBest New American Voices 2008, and dozens of other magazines and newspapers. In 2012-14 Peter was the prose writer-in-residence at Hugo House, where he has been teaching since 2008. Since earning his MFA from the University of Washington in 2006, Peter’s work has won awards and grants from 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture, Seattle Magazine, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. Recipient of the 2016 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award for a fiction writer in Washington State, Peter has also held fellowships to Bread Loaf and Yaddo, and is currently on faculty at Sierra Nevada College’s MFA program.