Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of a novel, The Australian (Dzanc Books, 2017). She grew up in NYC and has worked as a server at a pancake house in Delray Beach, Florida, a department store gift-wrapper in Boca Raton, a personal assistant in Los Angeles, a scriptwriter for virtual patients used by nursing students, has taught writing and literature at the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and the Bard College Prison Initiative.
Smith-Stevens' writing has appeared in BOMB Magazine, Literary Hub, Hobart, Wigleaf, Subtropics, Conjunctions, the anthologies Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (Ed. Roxane Gay) and Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Ed. Elee Kraljii Gardiner), and elsewhere. Her work received a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses and inclusion in Wigleaf 's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions in 2012 and 2013. She holds a B.A. in literature from Bard College and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Florida. Living in NY’s Hudson Valley, she is currently writing a memoir.