Scott Blackwood | English | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Scott Blackwood

Associate Professor

Scott Blackwood

Phone: 618.453.6862
Office: Faner, Room 2237

Professor Scott Blackwood is the author of the novels SEE HOW SMALL, winner of the 2016 PEN USA Award for fiction, a New York Times ”Editor’s Choice” pick and a “Great Reads” best books of the year selection by NPR, and WE AGREED TO MEET JUST HERE, which earned him a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award, the AWP Prize for the Novel, the Texas Institute of Letters Award for best work of fiction, and was a finalist for the 2010 Pen Center USA Award in fiction. The New York Times called his first book, IN THE SHADOW OF OUR HOUSE, “acute, nimble stories, an impressive, accomplished debut.” His work has appeared in American Short FictionThe New York Times, Chicago Magazine Gettysburg ReviewTriQuarterlyBoston ReviewSouthwest ReviewChicago Tribune Printer’s Row Journal and been anthologized in Janet Burroway’s Imaginative Writing.

Blackwood’s narrative nonfiction essay, “Here We Are,” published in Chicago magazine, was a finalist for a 2016 National Magazine Award for best feature writing. His two narrative nonfiction books, THE RISE AND FALL OF PARAMOUNT RECORDS, VOLUMES I & II—produced by musician Jack White—tell the curious tale of a white-owned “Race record” label that began in a Wisconsin chair factory and changed American popular music forever. He was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Volume I and featured on NPR’s Weekend EditionSound Opinions, and in The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesRolling Stone and elsewhere.

Professor Blackwood teaches fiction writing at both the undergraduate and graduate MFA level and is especially interested in the contemporary novel, experimental novel, short stories, as well as innovative narrative non-fiction.


Fictional Writing