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Ben Shattuck, a former Teaching-Writing Fellow and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is a recipient of the PEN America Short Story Prize and a 2019 Pushcart Prize. Shattuck's first book, Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau (Tin House, 2022) was a New Yorker magazine Best Book of 2022, a Wall Street Journal Best Book of Spring, a New York Times Best Book of Summer, and a New England Indie Bestseller. His forthcoming book of short stories, The History of Sound, will be published by Viking in July of 2024. He lives with his wife and daughter on the coast of Massachusetts, where he owns and runs the oldest general store in America, built in 1793. He is also the founder and director of the Cuttyhunk Island Writers' Residency. 

Literary agent: Claudia Ballard, WME

Manager: Eva Dickerman, Range 

Award & Residencies 

Pushcart Prize winner for short story, The History of Sound, 2019

PEN America Best Debut Short Story award, 2017

Gates of the Arctic Artist-in-Residence, 2016 (Alaska) (link)

Bread Loaf Scholarship in Fiction, 2015

Verney Fellow, 2014, Nantucket Historical Association

Residency with Odd Nerdrum, Norway, 2009 - 2010

Teaching-Writing Fellow, Iowa Writers' Workshop, 2012-2013

Writing Fellow, The Vermont Studio Center, 2013

The Lighthouse Works Fellowship, Fishers Island, New York, 2013

Nonfiction Fellow, Tin House Writers' Workshop
Rocky Neck Artist Colony Residency, Gloucester, MA
The Michael Rapuano Memorial Award Cornell University


Selected Exhibitions

Steven Amedee Gallery, New York, NY

Sloane Merrill Gallery, Boston, MA

Graylock Gallery, Williamstown MA

Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA 

The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA 

New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA

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