Former Paisano Fellow wins awp award

The AWP Award Series in the Novel (2007)
Scott Blackwood
We Agreed to Meet Just Here

Judge: Robert Eversz
New Issues Press

Scott Blackwood's award-winning collection of stories, In the Shadow of Our House, was published by SMU Press in 2001. His fiction has appeared most recently in the Gettysburg Review, Boston Review and Southwest Review, and the title story from his collection is featured on the New York Times Book Review's "First Chapters" web site. While on a Dobie-Paisano fellowship in 2005, he completed We Agreed to Meet Just Here, a novel set in the Deep Eddy neighborhood of Austin, Texas. Blackwood holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Texas State University. He's currently the Program Coordinator of the Undergraduate Writing Center at The University of Texas at Austin and teaches fiction writing in UT's Evening School. He lives in Austin with his wife and two daughters.

Robert Eversz, Judge:
"We Agreed to Meet Just Here is a lyrical mystery about disappearance, told in precise and luminous prose. A young lifeguard in an unnamed Austin suburb vanishes one night while returning from a screening of The Third Man. A doctor, ill with cancer, goes missing from his home, and is later seen, bearded and ragged, wandering the aisles of a grocery store. A car is stolen, the unseen consequences tragic. One child is given up to adoption, another is lost up a tree. The absences are so keenly felt, in the drifting lucidity of the author’s sentences, that every reappearance reads like a small miracle."