Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of The Australian (Dzanc Books), a novel, and Greyhounds (Dzanc Books), a forthcoming story collection. 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, 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 (2016), and her work was selected for inclusion in Wigleaf 's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions in 2013 and 2012. Her essay, "The Sun," will be included in the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (Ed. Roxane Gay), forthcoming from Harper Perennial, and she will also have an essay in After Death, an anthology published by Anvil Press (Ed. Elee Kraljii Gardiner). She holds a B.A. in Literature from Bard College and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Florida. Originally from New York City, she lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, Sebastian, and their two dogs, and is currently writing a memoir.