About Me


For Creative Nonfiction, I lead students through the (often messy) process of writing essays in online classes. I teach both online and classroom-based courses in fiction, novel-writing, essays, publishing, and more at Hugo House, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

I’m also on faculty at Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Lake Tahoe, where I mentor students in fiction, creative nonfiction, and young adult literature. I’ve also taught creative writing at the University of Washington, in Seattle, where I also earned my MFA.

Writing Awards

A two time fellow of Yaddo, I won the $10,000 Gar LaSalle Storyteller award in 2016. I also won grants and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, The Elizabeth George Foundation, 4Culture, and the City of Seattle.

fiction & Essays

My short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Southern Review, Best New American Voices 2008, Guernica, and Boston Review, where I was one of the winners of the Boston Review Fiction Prize, judged by George Saunders.

I’m the author of the novels A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism (winner of the 2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction), and The Dismal Science (a NYT editor's choice).

My personal essays have been published by The New York Times (Modern Love column), the NYT Magazine, The Sun, Slate, and The Atlantic.

To learn more about my writing, check out my website petermountford.com

My favorite things

When I’m not writing, reading, or teaching about writing and reading, I enjoy cooking (my two daughters don’t complain…often), mixing cocktails, playing tennis (enthusiastically and badly) reading literary fiction and thrillers/mysteries, and keeping houseplants alive. I grew up in Washington, D.C., and now live in Seattle near Green Lake.


I’m usually more cheerful than this.