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All About Steve

My name is Steve and I make things with language. Images too. I'm a genre nomad uninterested in chaining myself to any particular mode of expression, preferring to follow the path Italo Calvino described in The Castle of Crossed Destinies:

“I always feel the need to alternate one type of writing with another, completely different, to begin writing again as if I had never written anything before.” 

In this pursuit I tend toward the genre-blurring and experimental, with a particular interest in emergent literary and artistic forms that haven't yet developed a set repertoire of accepted expression (though I do have a mainstream streak, too). 

My debut short story collection Wifeshopping won the Bakeless Prize in Fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and was published by Houghton Mifflin in July 2008. My prose poem chapbook The Birth of Trigonometry in the Bones of Olduvai was published in October 2013 by Finishing Line Press, and my full-length prose poem collection Thirty-One Octets: Incantations and Meditations was published by CW Books in November, 2014. 

My next book is the novel Of Fathers and Fire, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press as part of its Flyover Fiction series. 

My digital lyric memoir daddylabyrinth premiered at the ArtScience Museum of Singapore in November, 2014. I'm committed to keeping that available under a Creative Commons license at www.daddylabyrinth.com. I've also made an interactive film, Talk with Your Hands Like and Ellis Island Mutt, which premiered in Hong Kong in May 2016 and which you can see at http:/​/​ellisislandmutt.korsakow.tv. 

Next up in my digital line of work is the interactive novel game Love at Elevation, forthcoming in 2018 from Choice of Games. 

I earned my MFA from Florida State University (Film/​TV) and have taught creative writing at the College of the Holy Cross, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and South Dakota State University, where I am an associate professor of English.