Eric Shonkwiler

Eric Shonkwiler (Fiction) | Nashville, TN

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Eric Shonkwiler is the author of Above All Men, a novel, Moon Up, Past Full, a collection of novellas and stories, and the forthcoming 8th Street Power & Light, a novel. His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Ohio, he received his MFA from University of California Riverside, and has lived and worked in every contiguous US timezone.


Moon Up, Past Full (Alternating Current Press, 2015). Novellas/Short Stories. Fiction.
Above All Men (MG Press, 2014). Novel. Fiction.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“Shonkwiler is the fearless new voice of the American Heartland.”
—Taylor Brown, author of In the Season of Blood and Gold and Fallen Land

“Shonkwiler’s world is made of rust. In this relentless novel, no life is safe, no story too far-fetched and no bone unbroken. There is a reckoning coming. You will need a tetanus shot.”
—Andrew F. Sullivan, author of WASTE and All We Want is Everything

“Shonkwiler takes the world on his own terms, and wrestles it to the ground.”
–Tom Lutz, The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Shonkwiler has taken an iconic landscape and filtered it through near-collapse and fear, then through loyalty and love.”
–Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist

“A rare, stark and beautiful achievement.”
—Paula Bomer, author of Nine Months

Above All Men is a book you will not find yourself capable of walking away from…It’s a tale of survival as much as it is one of destruction. And Shonkwiler pulls it off effortlessly.”
–Lori Hettler, The Next Best Book Blog

8th Street Power & Light is a terrific science fiction noir novel, featuring a protagonist as damaged as the almost-recognizable America he’s enduring. A first-rate read.”
—Scott Phillips, author of Hop Alley, Cottonwood, and The Ice Harvest

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