Scott Lindenbaum is the Co-Founder and Editor of Electric Literature, a new publisher dedicated to using electronic media and innovative distribution to keep literature a vital part of popular culture. For almost ten years Scott was a half-pipe snowboard competitor who rode for Burton Snowboards. It was only after a near-fatal collision with a birch tree in 2001 that reading, writing, and editing became central in his life.
Electric Literature’s self-titled short story anthology has published new fiction by Pulitzer Prizewinner Michael Cunningham, MacArthur “Genius” Grant winners Colson Whitehead and Lydia Davis, and literary heavyweights Rick Moody, Jim Shepard, and Aimee Bender, Joy Williams, and Javier Marias among others. Electric Literature was the first short story magazine to publish to the iPhone and the iPad, the first to create a YouTube channel featuring cross-genre collaborations between writers, filmmakers, musicians and animators, and the first to micro-serialize a short story over Twitter (“Some Contemporary Characters” by Rick Moody), a move that helped net them over 150,000 Twitter followers (@ElectricLit), more than any other publisher in the world. Their digital and print-on-demand publishing model allows them to avoid large printing bills and use that money to pay writers $1,000 per story.
Electric Literature has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, Publishers Weekly, O Magazine, Interview, Paper, BOMB, and the PBS NewsHour among others.
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