Rion Amilcar Scott
2017 PEN America Robert W. Bingham Prize for Emerging Fiction Winner
In my writing I explore the breadth and depth of the humanity found within the black experience using the mediums of flash fiction, short stories, novellas and novels, as well as essays and satirical pieces. My work examines identity, masculinity, rebellion, and the frequent absurdity of day-to- day black life. No matter that form my work takes, the goal is always to present complexity in the face of the historical distortion of black representations.
Scott’s imaginative capacity is prodigious, and his fictional world feels vast and riotous. — The Millions
In Scott’s hands, the short story collection becomes an epic album, each story placed in musical accordance with the next to craft a complete, melodic whole. Scott’s attention to structure and rhythm comes as no surprise; he has given lectures about the literary influence of the musical genius of Kendrick Lamar and cites music as one of his greatest inspirations. Here is an exciting new voice in contemporary literature. — The Root
Sad, violent, frustrating stories told in high-energy language, creating a very real imaginary world. — Kirkus Reviews
Scott tells the stories of Cross River’s inhabitants with toughness and honesty—in precise, propulsive language—with an empathy that never veers into sentimentality. — Literary Hub
Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the PEN America Robert W. Bingham Prize for Emerging Fiction winning short story collection Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky). Insurrections was chosen for The Rumpus's Book Club. Rion's work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Fiction International, The Washington City Paper, among others. A story of his earned a place on the Wigleaf Top 50 (very short) Fictions of 2016 and 2013 lists, and one of his essays was listed as a notable in Best American Essays 2015. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA from George Mason University where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart award and a Completion Fellowship. He is a Kimbilio fellow. He is at work on his next collection, Wolf Tickets. Presently, he teaches English at Bowie State University. Rion Amilcar Scott is based in Washington DC.