Biography


Scott Elliott was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1970 and grew up in Anchorage, Kentucky and on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. He was educated at Anchorage Public School in Anchorage, Kentucky; St. X. High School in Louisville, Kentucky; Vanderbilt University (BA); Columbia University(MFA); and the University of Houston (Ph.D).

Scott has taught writing and literature for Hofstra University, The Teachers and Writers Collaborative (New York), Writers in the Schools (Houston), and the Inprint Organization (Houston), and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Houston. Since 2004, he has taught at Whitman College, a small liberal arts school in Walla Walla, a town in the wheat and wine country of southeastern Washington at the base of the Blue Mountains.

He's the founder of the Walla Walla Whitman Imaginative Writing Partnership, which places talented Whitman writers in Walla Walla Public School classrooms for residencies culminating in published anthologies of the younger students' best work. He's also taught writing classes at the Washington State Penitentiary.

His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Sniper Logic, The New York Times, the Antioch Review, the Writers Chronicle, American Book Review, Juked, Mayday, Forklift Ohio, Hawk and Handsaw, and elsewhere. His first novel Coiled in the Heart was published by Bluehen/​Penguin Putnam in 2003 and was a Booksense 76 and One-Book-One-Community pick. His collection of stories, Return Arrangements, was a finalist for the 2009 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Mary McCarthy Prize. His second novel, Temple Grove, was published by the University of Washington Press on May 1, 2013.


Selected Work

Second Novel
"... layers suspense with Greek myth, native legend, and personal back stories to create an existentialist puzzle.[The novel] offers nuanced observations of character, family and society, lightly seasoned with a Pacific Northwest brand of magical realism." -Seattle Times
First Novel
"In Scott Elliott's fine new novel, place and character come together to create a thoroughly unforgettable story, one that will invade your dreams for many nights to come.”
--Steve Yarbrough
Short Stories