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Sheldon Lee Compton is a short story writer, poet, and novelist from Eastern Kentucky. He is the author of three books – the collections The Same Terrible Storm (Foxhead Books, 2012) Where Alligators Sleep (Foxhead Books, 2014) and the novel Brown Bottle (Bottom Dog Press, 2016). 

His fiction and poetry has been published in more than 200 journals both online and in print including Unbroken Journal, Gravel, Nailed Magazine, Wigleaf, Five:2:One Magazine, BULL, Vending Machine Press, Bartleby Snopes, Atticus Review, New World Writing, Pank, Monkeybicycle, Dogzplot, Fair Folk, decomP, Gone Lawn, Spelk, WhiskeyPaper, Anti-Heroin Chic, gobbet, Fluland, Great Jones Street, and many others.

In 2012, he was a finalist for both the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award and the Still Fiction Award. The Same Terrible Storm was nominated for the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Excellence in Appalachian Writing, while his short stories have been nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best of the Net, storySouth’s Million Writers Award, and cited in Best Small Fictions 2015 and Best Small Fictions 2016, guest edited by Robert Olen Butler and Stuart Dybek, respectively. He is also an active member of the Zoetrope writing group The Flash Factory. 

Other writing has appeared in American Book Review, Change Seven Magazine, Small Press Book Review, HTMLGIANT, Heavy Feather Review, and in the anthologies Degrees of Elevation: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia (Bottom Dog Press, 2010) Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia (Ohio University Press, 2015) and Larry Fessenden’s Sudden Storm: A Wendigo Reader (Fiddleblack, 2016). 

He lives in Pikeville, Kentucky with his wife, the photographer Heather McCoy, and their two children, Tyler Lee and Natalie Grace.


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