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Emma Smith-Stevens / New Voices

Monday, April 23, 2018

11 AM • fiction writer Emma Smith-Stevens
7 PM • New Voices student reading
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11AM-12:15PM • Griffin Gate (Student Center, Building 60)

fiction writer and essayist EMMA SMITH-STEVENS

reading and book launch

Emma Smith-Stevens
Photo © Emma Smith-Stevens
The 22nd Annual Literary Arts Festival launches this year with a reading from story writer, novelist, and essayist Emma Smith-Stevens.  A native of New York City, Smith-Stevens has been a Fiction Editor for The Mondegreen journal and has taught with the Bard Prison Initiative in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her writing appears in numerous periodicals, including BOMB Magazine, Subtropics, Conjunctions, SmokeLong Quarterly, Joyland, Day One, Lucky Peach, PANK, The Hairpin, and many others.  Her writing will also be included in two forthcoming anthologies due for release in 2018: Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (edited by Roxane Gay and Ashley C. Ford) and Against Death (edited by Elee Kraljii Gardiner). Her short story "An August in the Early 2000's," published in Wigleaf, received a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses, and her work has been selected twice for inclusion in Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions.

Released by Dzanc Books in 2017, Emma Smith-Stevens’s The Australian is a humorous and emotional meditation on masculinity, fatherhood, isolation, New York City, fame, and loss. Novelist Michael Kimball describes The Australian as an audacious debut novel, brilliant in its sense of language and humor: "Smith-Stevens writes...with such intelligent mystery and disarming intimacy, that the reader is compelled to follow the Australian in his absurd and moving journey through a baffling world, always wondering what could possibly happen next, until the character ultimately reaches a kind of transcendence." Author David Leavitt declares it "a picaresque for the twenty-first century - beguiling, funny, and inventive, intermittently sad and always beautiful." 

Smith-Stevens carries a B.A. in literature from Bard College and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida, where she has taught fiction workshops, literature, and composition. She currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and two dogs. Her next writing project, a memoir, is currently in development.


Emma Smith-Stevens, The Australian

The Australian. Dzanc Books, 2017. ISBN: 978-1941088746.


"The Sun.” Essay. in Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture. Ed. Roxane Gay. Harper Perennial, 2018. (forthcoming)

Essay. Against Death. Ed. Elee Kraljii Gardiner. Anvil Press, 2018. (forthcoming)


Official author website:

So I Know You're Real (fictional portraits--collaged text and photos):

Dzanc Press (Publisher):

The Mondegreen:

The Mondegreen (Facebook):



Selected Periodical Works In Print

Essay. VIDA: Women in Literary Arts [forthcoming].

"Extra" and "Live Through This.” Memoir. Subtropics 20 (Spring/Summer 2016).

"Jacqueline M. Connelly – (m4w) Albany, NY." Story. Quarter After Eight 21 (April 2015).

"The Man Who Rescued a Book From the Rain: A Conversation." Interview. Hobart [forthcoming].

“Mercy.” Story. in Longform Fiction January 2012.

"Parachutes," Story. Subtropics 16 (Spring/Summer 2013).

"Some Ongoing Etc." Story. Subtropics 19 (Spring/Summer 2015)

"Storybook." The Southampton Review [forthcoming].

"The Wayfarers." Story. The Los Angeles Review 14 (Fall/Winter 2013).

"Where Does Waffle House Get Their Eggs?" Memoir. Lucky Peach March 2017.

Selected Stories and Excerpts

"Allies/Strangers." Wigleaf August 2013.

"Anthem," PANK 7.8 (August 2012).

"An August in the Early 2000's." Wigleaf August 2014.

"The Boulevard," Painted Bride Quarterly 88 (July 2013).

“From The Australian.” Excerpt. BOMB Magazine May 2017.

"Cannonball." Wigleaf March 2016.

"Greyhounds." Web Conjunctions December 2011.

"Guide to a Childhood Diversion." Web Conjunctions 6 November 2012.

"Mercy," The Collagist November 2011.

"An Object of Concern." Wigleaf January 2017.

"On Very Hot Afternoons." The Mondegreen January 2015.

"Roadrunning," Joyland 2 February 2015.

"Some Cool Heaven." SmokeLong Quarterly 51 (March 2016).

"Switch." Conjunctions 56: Urban Arias (Fall/Winter 2010).

"A Thing For Which Gabriella Has No Shame." Burrow Press Review February 2015.

Selected Nonfiction

"Book Notes: Emma Smith-Stevens, The Australian." Largehearted Boy May 2017.

"I Used to Be a Writer--Then I Got Sick." Literary Hub August 2017.

"My First Time: Emma Smith-Stevens." The Quivering Pen September 2017.

Selected Works About Emma Smith-Stevens

The Australian.” Review. Shelf Awareness 20 June 2017.

Grant, Shasta. "One Sentence at a Time: An Interview with Guest Reader Emma Smith-Stevens." SmokeLong Quarterly January 2018.

Groff, Lauren. “Emma Smith-Stevens.” Interview. Subtropics February 2011.

Lane, Chloe. “Emma Smith-Stevens.” Interview. Subtropics June 2015.

"The Lightning Room With Emma Smith-Stevens.” Interview. PANK October 2012.

"Smoke and Mirrors: An Interview With Emma Smith-Stevens," SmokeLong Quarterly 51 (March 2016).


Selected Audio

"Greyhounds." Audio. Reading Out Loud July 2015.

“Emma Smith-Stevens Reads from The Australian and “Greyhounds” at Bard.” Audio. Posted 21 November 2017 by Bard Written Arts. YouTube. Duration: 00:46:05.


7-8:15PM • Griffin Gate (Student Center, Building 60)


student reading 

New Voices Student ReadingExceptional writers from this semester's creative writing classes and workshops come together to perform some of their best new and original works of fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, drama, spoken word, mixed media word art, and other hybrid and innovative forms.
This semesterly event is a crowd favorite for Grossmont faculty and students, alike, and is a tradition dating back almost all the way to the beginnings of Grossmont College, itself. At the end of each semester, our Creative Writing Program faculty select students from their courses who have composed stand-out original works, and invite them to participate in an evening of readings. Students typically invite family members, friends, instructors and peers, making it one of the more popular literary events. The event features a New Voices booklet containing the printed versions of their works that allows audiences to read along if they like, and gives participating students take home a keepsake of the evening.
Students selected for inclusion in the New Voices program are also given priority consideration for the campus literary journal, Acorn Review, which is edited and produced by students under the advisorship of Creative Writing Program faculty member, Julie Cardenas. The next eagerly awaited issue of Acorn Review will be available in 2018.


Acorn Review official website

Acorn Review on Submittable

Chest-O-Drawers Press [coming soon]

Last Updated: 01/22/2018
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