Clifford Garstang

Secretary of the Board of Trustees
I am proud to be an ASC Board Member Because:

I have been a fan and supporter of ASC since the Blackfriars Playhouse opened in 2001.

My all-time favorite ASC moment was:

Every time I’m in the middle of a cheering audience during the curtain call after a show.

You should support the ASC because:

ASC does an amazing job of entertaining and educating the public, spreading the joy of Shakespeare and live theater; it’s something that everyone should have an opportunity to experience.


Clifford Garstang grew up in the Midwest and received a BA from Northwestern University. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea, he earned an MA in English and a JD, both from Indiana University, and practiced international law in Singapore, Chicago, and Los Angeles with Sidley Austin, one of the largest law firms in the United States. Subsequently, he earned an MPA in International Development from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and worked for Harvard Law School as a legal reform consultant in Almaty, Kazakhstan. From 1996 to 2001, he was Senior Counsel for East Asia at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where his work concentrated on China, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam.

After leaving the World Bank, Garstang received an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. His award-winning collection of linked short stories, In an Uncharted Country, was published by Press 53 of Winston-Salem, NC, in 2009. Press 53 also published his second book, What the Zhang Boys Know, a novel in stories that won the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction. Garstang’s work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Blackbird, Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Cream City Review, Tampa Review, Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere and has received Distinguished Mention in the Best American Series. He won the 2006 Confluence Fiction Prize and the 2007 GSU Review Fiction Prize, and has had a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and scholarships to Sewanee, Indiana University Writers’ Conference, Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop, and the Virginia Quarterly Review Writers’ Conference, as well as residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Hambidge Center for the Arts, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. In 2015, Garstang received the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Emerging Authors Award from the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Garstang’s most recent books are a pair that he edited. Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet Volume I is an anthology of 20 stories by 20 authors set in 20 countries. Volume II, with 20 more stories, came out in 2016. The series is published by Press 53.

He is the co-founder and former Editor of Prime Number Magazine and currently lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.