Gary Eldon Peter’s short stories have appeared in Callisto, Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, and other publications. His linked short story collection, Oranges, won the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition in Prose, was a finalist for the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and was published by New Rivers Press in Fall 2018. Oranges was also recently named a finalist for a 2019 Minnesota Book Award.
Gary’s awards include a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers/Loft Award in Creative Prose as well as two Minnesota State Arts Board grants. He has been awarded artist residencies to the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Golden Apple Art Residency, the Tofte Lake Center, the American Academy in Rome, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, and the Anderson Center.
He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College as well as a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. He has worked as a judicial law clerk and as a lawyer in private law practice, and spent many years working in the legal publishing industry. He is currently a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses in writing and in law and popular culture to both undergraduate and graduate students.
Gary’s current writing projects include a new collection of short stories and a novel.