meet the MINNESOTA book award finalists EVENT

Gary Eldon Peter will be participating in a Meet the Finalists event at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota (West Bank) at 7 pm on Friday, March 15. Finalists will participate in panel discussions about their work and finalist books will be available for purchase and signing. More details here.


Gary Eldon Peter was recently interviewed for the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library Fireside Reading Series. Read the interview here.


Gary Eldon Peter’s debut collection Oranges has been named a finalist for the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for a Novel or Short Story collection. Winners will be announced on April 6 at a ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown St. Paul.

Oranges REcognized

Gary Eldon Peter’s debut collection Oranges was listed as “fiction worth mentioning” and described as “quietly compelling” in the Winter 2019 Minnesota Alumni Quarterly Books Roundup.

Upcoming 2019 Residencies

Gary Eldon Peter has been awarded two artist residencies for 2019:

January 2-20, 2019: The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

June 2-29, 2019: Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers, Edinburgh, Scotland. More about the history of Hawthornden Castle here.


Gary Eldon Peter was recently interviewed about his debut collection Oranges for the AWP LGBTQ Writers Caucus blog. Read the interview here.

Oranges available for order 

Gary Eldon Peter's debut book Oranges is available through the following outlets:

Amazon (paperback and Kindle)

Small Press Distribution


Barnes & Noble


Oranges Cover Revealed

May 11, 2018: New Rivers Press has revealed the cover of Gary Eldon Peter's soon-to-be-published debut book, Oranges. The announcement was made on the press's Facebook page. Scotia MacNeil is the designer.

2018 artist residencies

Gary Eldon Peter has been awarded three artist residencies for 2018:

May 7-May 25, 2018: Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois

June 24-July 1, 2018: Write On, Door County, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

July 3-July 15, 2018: New York Mills Cultural Center Arts Retreat, New York Mills, Minnesota


At One Sitting Interview

September 30, 2017: An interview with Gary Eldon Peter, entitled “How Do You Do, Lady Plot?,” has been published on the web site At One Sitting: A Personal Archive of Interviews With Contemporary Short Story Authors.


Oranges Honored

August 1, 2017: Gary Eldon Peter's linked short story collection, Oranges, won the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition in Prose. New Rivers Press will publish Oranges in Fall 2018. The collection was also a finalist for the 2015 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.