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Susan Steinberg to join NWP as Distinguished Visiting Professor

Mar 21, 2018
Susan Steinberg

We are pleased to announce that the acclaimed writer Susan Steinberg has been selected as The Nonfiction Writing Program's Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor for the 2018-2019 year.  

Steinberg is a Professor of English at the University of San Francisco, where she serves as the head of the Creative Writing Program. She is the author of four lauded books, includingThe End of Free LoveHydroplaneSpectacle, and the forthcoming Machine, which will be released in 2019. The recipient of more than 15 writing fellowships and literary honors, including the Pushcart Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship, Steinberg holds a BFA in painting from the Maryland College of Art and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Her most recent book, Spectacle, was hailed by The New Yorker for its "bold risks and exploration of the boundaries of narrative and the possibilities of language and syntax," while an earlier book, Hydroplanewas described by O magazine as "seething with real and imagined menace" and by The San Francisco Chronicle as "a mesmerizing, hypnotic journey into a strange, parallel universe of lost souls who live in a frenetic world that is always on the verge of running out of control." 

A regular contributor to such literary journals as Conjunctions, Bomb, and McSweeney'sSteinberg specializes in exploring hybrid forms of literature and multimedia forms of expression, incorporating her training as a painter and a writer in both her creative work and teaching. Steinberg's essay "Signified," in a particular, is a masterful swirl of stream-of-consciousness that hovers above the borders of personal essay, short story, and even poetry, while meditating on desire, disappointment, and the bittersweet onset of adulthood.   

Susan Steinberg will be in residence at The Nonfiction Writing Program for the spring 2019 semester, during which time she will teach a graduate "special topics" workshop and a graduate seminar, will sit on several graduate thesis committees, and will judge the 4th annual Iowa Book Prize in Literary Nonfiction.