It is with deep sadness that we share with you the unhappy news that Associate Professor of English J. Scott Ely has passed away after a brief illness. A Vietnam veteran, Scott earned his BA at the University of MIssissippi in 1968, his MA from Mississippi in 1973, and his MFA at the University of Arkansas in 1986. He joined the Winthrop faculty as a fiction writer in 1987, where he has influenced several generations of fiction writers. Among his eleven novels and short fiction collections are Starlight (Weidenfeld & Nicolson); Pitbull (Weidenfeld &
Nicolson, Penguin); Overgrown with Love (University of
Arkansas Press); The Angel of the Garden (University of
Missouri Press); A Song for Alice Loom (Livingston Press); Pulpwood (Livingston Press); and The Elephant Mountains (Orca). His writing, which was reviewed by The New York Times Book Review, The London Review of Books, The Washington Post, and many other venues, has been praised for its "unadorned, Carveresque style" and its "unrelenting, sustained honesty."Among the honors he received for his work were a Rockefeller Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy, and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He also served as a contributing and advisory editor for Shenandoah.
Scott is survived by his wife, Professor Emerita Susan Ludvigson, and his two daughters, Laura and Cindy. Should you wish to send condolences to the family, please send them care of the Department of English, and we will make sure they are conveyed to the family.