Justin Bigos is a writer, literary editor and critic living in Northern Arizona. Fingerprints is a somewhat experimental piece, comprised of a series of connected mini-stories of one to three paragraphs each. The story explores dysfunction and distance in one family, primarily between a father and son.

Justin Bigos

Fingerprints was selected by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2015. It is a tremendous achievement that launches Justin squarely onto the national literary stage.

Justin Bigos is the author of the poetry chapbook Twenty Thousand Pigeons (iO Books, 2014). His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction has appeared in publications including New England ReviewPloughsharesIndiana ReviewThe Seattle ReviewThe CollagistMcSweeney’s Quarterly, Ninth Letter, and The Best American Short Stories 2015. Justin cofounded and coedits Waxwing, a literary journal dedicated to promoting the cultural diversity of American literature, alongside international voices in translation. He received his MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and currently teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University. In 2015 he received the inaugural Uptown Pubhouse Writer’s Fellowship, awarded by James and Ally Jay.


Video of reading (excerpt of full piece)