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The Australian, novel - Dzanc Books (2017) ~ info/buy

All the Way Gone: Stories (Dzanc Books, 2020) ~ forthcoming


Novel Excerpt

"From The Australian," BOMB Magazine (May 2017) ~ read



 “Let This Be Familiar,” Against Death: 35 Essays on Living (Anvil Press), Ed. Elee Kraljii Gardiner (forthcoming early 2019) ~ pre-order

"The Sun," Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (Harper Perennial), Ed. Roxane Gay (May 2018) ~ buy: paperbackaudiobook ~ e-book


"Goodbye, Frank Sinatra," Wigleaf (October 2018) ~ read

"Storybook," The Southampton Review (July 2018) ~ buy

"An Object of Concern," Wigleaf (January 2017) ~ read

"Cannonball," Wigleaf (March 2016) ~ read

"Some Cool Heaven," SmokeLong Quarterly, Issue 51 (March 2016) ~ read

"The Fourth Summer," Day One and Amazon's StoryFront (August 2015) ~ buy

"Some Ongoing Etc.," Subtropics, Issue 19 (Spring/Summer 2015) ~ buy

"Jacqueline M. Connelly – (m4w) Albany, NY," Quarter After Eight, Vol. 21 (April 2015) ~ buy

"A Thing For Which Gabriella Has No Shame," Burrow Press Review (February 2015) ~ read

"On Very Hot Afternoons," The Mondegreen (January 2015) ~ read

"Roadrunning," Joyland  (January 2015) ~ read

"An August in the Early 2000's," Wigleaf (August 2014) ~ read

"The Wayfarers," The Los Angeles Review, Issue 14 (Fall/Winter 2013) ~ buy

"Allies/Strangers," Wigleaf  (August 2013) ~ read

"The Boulevard," Painted Bride Quarterly, Issue 88/Print Annual 7 (2013) ~ read

"Parachutes," Subtropics, Issue 16 (Spring/Summer 2013) ~ buy

"Guide to a Childhood Diversion," Web Conjunctions  (November 2012) ~ read

"Anthem," PANK (August 2012) ~ read

"Greyhounds," Web Conjunctions (December 2011) ~ read; recorded for the podcast Reading Out Loud (July 2015) ~ listen

"Mercy," The Collagist (November 2011) ~ read; featured in Longform Fiction (January 2012)

"Switch," Conjunctions, Issue 56: Urban Arias (Fall/Winter 2010) ~ read


Memoir & Essays

"All Together and At Once: On Womanhood, Redemption, & Memoir," VIDA: Women in Literary Arts website ~ forthcoming

"My First Time: Emma Smith-Stevens," The Quivering Pen (September 2017) ~ read

"I Used to Be a Writer--Then I Got Sick," Literary Hub (August 2017) ~ read

"Book Notes: Emma Smith-Stevens, The Australian" Largehearted Boy (May 2017) ~ read/listen

"Where Does Waffle House Get Their Eggs? " Lucky Peach (March 2017) 

"Extra" and "Live Through This," Subtropics, Issue 20 (Spring/Summer 2016) ~ buy


Interviews & Conversations

"The Man Who Rescued a Book From the Rain: A Conversation," Hobart (June 2018) ~ read

"Smoke and Mirrors: An Interview with Maia Jenkins," SmokeLong Quarterly (March 208) ~ read

"One Sentence at a Time: An Interview with Guest Reader Emma Smith-Stevens," SmokeLong Quarterly (January 2018) ~ read

"Hitting Shelves #45: The Australian by Emma Smith-Stevens," Fiction Advocate (May 2017) ~ read

"Smoke and Mirrors: An Interview With Emma Smith-Stevens," SmokeLong Quarterly, Issue 51 (March 2016) ~ read

A conversation with Fatimah Asghar, Day One (August 2015) ~ buy

Interviewed by Chloe Lane, Subtropics website (June 2015) ~ read

Interviewed by Claire Eder, Quarter After Eight, Vol. 21: (April 2015)

Interviewed by Joseph Scapellato, The Collagist blog (March 2013)

"The Lightning Room With Emma Smith-Stevens," PANK (October 2012) ~ read

Interview with Lauren Groff, Subtropics website (February 2011) ~ read


Humor, Odds, & Ends

"Dear Wigleaf" (a postcard, October 2018) ~ read

"Dear Wigleaf" (a postcard, January 2017) ~ read

"A Man Who Has Done Drugs Pitches His Memoir," The Hairpin (November 2016) ~ read

"Ask a Famous Man," an ongoing advice column at The Mondegreen (August 2015-September 2016) ~ read

"A Man Who Has Been to Nature Pitches His Memoir," The Hairpin (June 2016) ~ read

"Dear Wigleaf" (a postcard, March 2016) ~ read

"Multiple Choice Reading Quiz Answers Actually Selected By Students in Writing Classes I Taught as a TA," The Toast (March 2015) ~ read

"Another X-Files Concrete Poem," The Mondegreen (February 2015) ~ read

"Dear Wigleaf" (a postcard, September 2014) ~ read

"7 Essential Modernist Literary Life Hacks," The Toast (July 2014) ~ read

"Dear Wigleaf" (a postcard, August 2013) ~ read



United States Artists Fellowship Nominee (2019)

Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses (2016)

Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, Selecting Editor: Danielle Evans (2013)

Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, Longlist, Selecting Editor: Danielle Evans (2013)

Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, Selecting Editor: Dan Chaon (2012)

Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize, Bard College (2009)

Mary McCarthy Prize, Bard College (2008)