Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Accidental Adulthood

I've got a new essay up at Thought Catalog. It concerns the most awful cab ride I've ever been on.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Two New Blurbs!

"PLAY PRETTY BLUES is a heartbreaking romance, a murder mystery, a comic picaresque, a reimagined biography, a historical guidebook, a polyphonic blues song rendered in crystalline prose, a beautifully structured shaggy dog tale straight out of the South, and above all a spectacular novel, one that announces Snowden Wright as a storyteller of limitless talent."

--Matt Burgess, author of DOGFIGHT, A LOVE STORY

"Like the six strings on legendary Robert Johnson’s guitar, the six wives of Johnson sing gloriously and mysteriously in Snowden Wright’s PLAY PRETTY BLUES. Wright has dug into the layers of myth surrounding the bluesman and invented a memorable character. This debut novel--full of clever invention--may come to serve as his new biography! Not since Louise Erdrich’s TALES OF BURNING LOVE have women shared a single husband with such passion, curiosity and humor. PLAY PRETTY BLUES takes us deep into the South, the blues and our humanity."

--Victoria Redel, author of LOVERBOY and THE BORDER OF TRUTH

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New Blurb!

"If you're going to base a novel on the life of Robert Johnson, you'd better be able to make your prose sing, and Snowden Wright can. He can also make it howl. In these stunning pages, he's crafted a dark and dissonant tale, told by six of the many women the shadowy bluesman boasted of stashing all over the country. If you're looking for the next major writer to emerge from Mississippi, search no further. Here he is." --Steve Yarbrough, author of SAFE FROM THE NEIGHBORS, PRISONERS OF WAR, and VISIBLE SPIRITS

Friday, April 12, 2013


An excerpt of my novel is being featured at the website of Graywolf Press. This is the chapter of Play Pretty Blues that won the Summer Literary Seminar's 2012 Graywolf Prize for best novel excerpt. I'm incredibly excited about it. Play Pretty Blues is forthcoming from Engine Books in November 2013.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Barry Hannah's "Lost" Novel

The Millions is running a piece I wrote on Barry Hannah's out-of-print second novel, Nightwatchmen.