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David Gillette

Stories West

In The Press


Coming Out Paco

Top 25

Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest 

November/December 2017

Our Span of Three

Honorable Mention

Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest 

March 2016

Discussing my short story
"Frogs" in Rappahannock Review
May 2022 

Pinon Colorado, 1896
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The Year of Weightless Houses

Honorable Mention

Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest 

December 2015

Touch Type

Honorable Mention

18th Annual Zeotrope All Story Contest 

December 2014


I was born in rural Colorado into a family of schoolteachers, ranchers and hard rock miners. I have spent my life in small towns that often serve as the basis for my fiction.


We moved all the time as I grew up, and I saw a lot of the country from the window of a car. I still enjoy driving around.

I studied film, anthropology and creative writing at the University of Iowa, then published my first short stories while traveling and working in Europe and Ireland.

I lived in rural Japan for a number of years, returned to the United States for graduate study, then taught at universities in Florida, Japan and Australia. 


I now teach interactive narrative design and direct the Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies program at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.

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