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Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of a novel, The Australian (Dzanc, 2017), and a forthcoming story collection, All the Way Gone (Dzanc, 2020). She grew up in NYC 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, HobartSubtropics, Conjunctions, the anthologies Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (Ed. Roxane Gay) and Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Ed. Elee Kraljii Gardiner, forthcoming), and elsewhere. Her 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. She was awarded a fellowship to the Wassaic Artists Residency in 2016 and was nominated 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 lives in New York's Hudson Valley and is at work on a memoir.