Shawn Rubenfeld completed his MFA at the University of Idaho, where he taught courses in rhetoric and creative writing from 2011 to 2014. He is now working toward his PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A native New Yorker, he's now visited nearly every state, and has camped and hiked his way across the Inland Northwest. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction appear in 580 Split, SmokeLong Quarterly, theNewerYork, The Westchester Review, Chronogram, Gravel, The Colored Lens, Cease Cows, and Blotterature, among others. He has presented at conferences nationwide, and has an essay forthcoming in the journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture. He recently received a Writing in the Wild Fellowship from the University of Idaho for work on his novel-in-progress, Counting Cars, meaning he will get the unique chance to spend time in Idaho's Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest roadless wilderness area in the lower 48. He is an avid Giants, Mets, and Knicks fan, and finds nothing more thrilling than a spontaneous drive to nowhere, or being on stage at a Karaoke Bar. Though you will often see him in New York, he currently lives among the rolling hills and dry peas of Moscow, Idaho. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literary Influences: Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Milan Kundera, Vladimir Nabokov, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Tobias Wolff, Franz Kafka, Nikolai Gogol, Ian McEwan, Truman Capote, Virginia Woolf, Joyce Carol Oates, etc.
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