Steve Almond is the author of three collections of short stories: God Bless America, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow, and Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confessions, co-authored with Julianna Baggott. His nonfiction books include the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto; the memoir Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life; and (Not That You Asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions.
In 2018, Red Hen Press published Bad Stories, a literary investigation of “what the hell just happened to our country,” which Steve wrote to keep from going crazy. His newest release is William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life. Almond’s stories and essays have been widely anthologized, including in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, Best American Mysteries, and Best American Food Writing annuals. His short fiction has appeared in Tin House, Playboy, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Georgia Review, New England Review, and many other magazines. Steve has been a regular instructor at PWC as well as at the Tin House and Sanibel Island Writers’ Conferences, and has served on the faculty at Emerson and Boston Colleges, Wesleyan University, and the University North Carolina Wilmington MFA program. He teaches narrative writing at Harvard’s Nieman Fellowship for Journalism and for four years hosted, with Cheryl Strayed, the New York Times’ “Dear Sugars” podcast.