Department of Languages and Literatures

Fiction Reading by Joseph Scapellato

Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Joseph Scapellato will be reading from his book Big Lonesome on Thursday, March 23, at 7:00 pm. The reading will be held in Bartlett 0081. 

Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange. Big Lonesome navigates through the American West -- from the Old West to the modern-day West to the Midwest, from cowboys to mythical creatures to everything in between -- exploring place, myth, masculinity, and what it means to be whole or broken.

Joseph Scapellato's fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review online, Gulf Coast, Post Road, and other journals, and has been anthologized in Forty Stories, Gigantic Worlds: An Anthology of Science Flash Fiction, and The Best Innovative Writing. He teaches at Bucknell University. Big Lonesome is his first book. His story "Horseman Cowboy" appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of the North American Review.