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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, a scriptwriter for virtual patients used by nursing students, and an instructor at the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, and the Bard College Prison Initiative.

Smith-Stevens' writing has appeared in many print and online publications including BOMB Magazine, Literary Hub, Subtropics, Conjunctions, Joyland, Hobart, and Lucky Peach, and has essays forthcoming in the anthologies Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (Ed. Roxane Gay, HarperCollins) and Against Death (Ed. Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Anvil Press). 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. Her work has twice been selected for inclusion in Wigleaf 's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, and she is currently a nominee for a 2019 United States Artists Fellowship. She holds a B.A. in literature from Bard College and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Florida. She recently completed a story collection entitled Greyhounds and is currently writing a memoir.