Gary Schanbacher was born in Indiana, raised in Virginia, and lives in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains outside Denver, Colorado. He was educated at Randolph-Macon College, Old Dominion University, and the University of Colorado, where he earned his PhD in Economics.
His short story collection, Migration Patterns, received a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for “distinguished first works of fiction,” and won the Colorado Book Award, the High Plains First Book Award, and the Eric Hoffer General Fiction Award. His novel, Crossing Purgatory, from Pegasus Books, is called an, “intense and emotionally stirring saga,” in a starred review from Booklist. He has been a Hemingway Fellow at Ucross Foundation, serves on the board of directors of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a non-profit writing center, and is a founding partner of The Writers Block, a writing community in Denver.
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