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 BOMB Magazine, Literary Hub, Subtropics, Conjunctions, VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts's website, the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (Ed. Roxane Gay, Harper Perennial), 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. 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.