About Me


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


My short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Southern Review, Missouri Review, 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.

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, 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.