Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of a novel, The Australian (Dzanc Books). She grew up in New York City and has worked as a server at a pancake house in Delray Beach, Florida, a gift-wrapper in Boca Raton, a personal assistant in Los Angeles, and an instructor at the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and the Bard College Prison Initiative.
Smith-Stevens' writing has appeared in BOMB Magazine, Literary Hub, Subtropics, Day One, Conjunctions, Joyland, and elsewhere. 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. She has essays forthcoming in the anthologies Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (Ed. Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial) and Against Death (Ed. Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Anvil Press). She holds a B.A. in literature from Bard College and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Florida. She is currently writing a memoir.