Salvatore Scibona

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Salvatore Scibona (born 2 June 1975) is an American novelist and short-story writer. He has won awards for both his novels and short stories, and was selected in 2010 as one of The New Yorker "Fiction Writers to Watch: 20 under 40".

Early life and education[edit]

Salvatore Scibona was born in 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio to an ethnic Italian family. He was influenced by having his extended family nearby as he was growing up, including his four grandparents, from whom he heard many stories.

He graduated from St. John's College in 1997 and published an essay about his experience there in The New Yorker.[1] Scibona earned an M.F.A. in 1999 at the Iowa Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. The following year he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, using it to travel to Italy for research for his first novel, published as The End (2009).


Scibona always wanted to be a writer. He has written both a novel and short stories, the latter published in Threepenny Review, Best New American Voices 2004, and The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize, and similar literary venues.

His work in both forms has been recognized by major awards, in addition to earning recognition as an emerging writer and fellowships. He was named one of "20 under 40" notable authors by The New Yorker in 2010.[2]

From 2004 through 2013 he administered the writing fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he is now Program Director. He currently teaches at Wesleyan University.[3]



Short Stories[edit]



  • John Kulka, John Casey, Natalie Danford, eds. (2004). Best New American Voices. Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-15-600722-1. 
  • Bill Henderson, ed. (2004). The Pushcart Prize XXIX. W. W. Norton & Company Limited. ISBN 978-1-888889-39-0. 
  • Laura Furman, ed. (2012). The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012. Anchor. ISBN 978-0307947888. 



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