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Sheldon Lee Compton is an Appalachian short story writer, novelist, and poet. He is the author of the short story collections The Same Terrible Storm (Foxhead Books, 2012) and Where Alligators Sleep (Foxhead Books, 2014) the novels Brown Bottle (Bottom Dog Press, 2016) and Alice and the Wendigo (Shivelight Books, 2018) and the poetry chapbook Podunk Lore, part of a collaborative volume of the Lantern Lit series (Dog On a Chain Press, 2018).

His short stories and poems have appeared widely in journals both online and in print including Always Crashing, Deer Heart, Free State Review, Unbroken Journal, The Cabal, Gravel, SOFTBLOW, Nailed Magazine, Wigleaf, X-R-A-Y Literary  Magazine, Five:2:One Magazine, BULL Men's Fiction, kill author, Vending Machine Press, JMWW, Bartleby Snopes, Atticus Review, Ghost Parachute, New World Writing, Jellyfish Review, Pank, Monkeybicycle, DOGZPLOT, People Holding, Connotation Press, Necessary Fiction, decomP, Gone Lawn, Spelk, WhiskeyPaper, Anti-Heroin Chic, gobbet, Fluland, Great Jones Street, and Vestal Review, among 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.  

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, the easternmost tip of the commonwealth.


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