About Robert Scotellaro

Robert’s work has been published widely in national and international books, journals, and anthologies, including W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction InternationalThe Best Small Fictions 2016 (ed. Stuart Dybek), The Best Small Fictions 2017 (ed. Amy Hempel), NANO FictionThe Laurel ReviewGargoyleNew Flash Fiction ReviewMatter Press, and many others. He was the editor of a poetry chapbook series, and later co-founded One Sentence Poems with Dale Wisely.

Robert is the author of seven literary chapbooks, five books for children, and four full-length flash fiction collections: 

  • Measuring the Distance (finalist, da Vinci Eye Award; honorable mention, Eric Hoffer Book Award for Excellence in Fiction), 
  • What We Know So Far, (winner of The 2015 Blue Light Book Award), 
  • Bad Motel, and 
  • Nothing Is Ever One Thing.  

He was the recipient of Zone 3’s Rainmaker Award in Poetry.  He has, along with James Thomas, co-edited New MicroExceptionally Short Fiction (published by W.W. Norton & Company, 2018). A new collection of his flash fiction: What Are the Chances? is scheduled for release by Press 53 (Fall, 2020).  

Robert currently lives with his wife in San Francisco.  

Robert Scotellaro was born and raised in New York City. He worked doing advertising layouts for Barnes & Noble for a time. Subsequently, he served as a combat medic in Vietnam, as well as a Ward-master in a makeshift Mash-like medical unit.

Returning home, he became a founding member of Earth People’s Park in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a large community/outreach facility. A highlight of that period was that he once played bongos on stage as Allen Ginsberg recited poetry.

In 1970 he relocated to San Francisco and began a family. There, he published his work in many literary journals and anthologies. He was actively involved in the Underground Comix scene, producing half a dozen illustrated books, and later edited a small literary poetry chapbook series.

His short fiction and poems have appeared in hundreds of print and online journals and anthologies. His story “Fun House”was published in the W.W. Norton Anthology: Flash Fiction International, and two of his stories were included in The Best Small Fictions (2016) and (2017). He is the author of seven chapbooks and three full-length books of flash and micro fiction: Measuring the Distance, What We Know So Far(winner of the 2015 Blue Light Award), and Bad Motel.  With James Thomas, he co-edited the anthology, New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (W.W. Norton, 2018)  He has also published three books for children.  In 2003 he was the recipient of Zone 3’s Rainmaker Award in Poetry.  His book, Measuring the Distance, was a Finalist for the da Vinci Eye Award and received Honorable Mention for the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Excellence in Fiction.  His stories have been nominated four times for The Pushcart Prize.

He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife, art historian and artist, Diana Scott.


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