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Steve Almond is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 short story writer and essayist. He is the author of eight books.

Life


He was raised in Palo Alto, California
Palo Alto, California
Palo Alto is a California charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, United States. The city shares its borders with East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Stanford, Portola Valley, and Menlo Park. It is...

, and graduated from Henry M. Gunn High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college founded in 1831 and located in Middletown, Connecticut. According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Wesleyan is the only Baccalaureate College in the nation that emphasizes undergraduate instruction in the arts and...

. He spent seven years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in El Paso
El Paso, Texas
El Paso, is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States, and lies in far West Texas. In the 2010 census, the city had a population of 649,121. It is the sixth largest city in Texas and the 19th largest city in the United States...

 and at the Miami New Times
Miami New Times
The Miami New Times is a free weekly newspaper published in Miami and distributed every Thursday. It primarily serves the Miami area and is headquartered near Miami's Design District.-Overview:...

. He lives in Arlington, Massachusetts
Arlington, Massachusetts
Arlington is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, six miles northwest of Boston. The population was 42,844 at the 2010 census.-History:...

. He reviews books for The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe is an American daily newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe has been owned by The New York Times Company since 1993...

 and The Los Angeles Times. His work was selected for the Best American Short Stories
Best American Short Stories
The Best American Short Stories yearly anthology is a part of The Best American Series published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Since 1915, the BASS anthology has striven to contain the best short stories by some of the best-known writers in contemporary American literature.-Edward O'Brien:The...

 2010.

He served as adjunct professor in creative writing at Boston College
Boston College
Boston College is a private Jesuit research university located in the village of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA. The main campus is bisected by the border between the cities of Boston and Newton. It has 9,200 full-time undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students. Its name reflects its early...

 for five years until publishing an open letter of resignation in the The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe is an American daily newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe has been owned by The New York Times Company since 1993...

on May 12, 2006, in which he explained that his resignation was intended to protest the selection of Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush...

 as the college's 2006 commencement guest speaker.

Steve was a contributing writer to Alarm Clock Theatre Company
Alarm Clock Theatre Company
Alarm Clock Theatre Company is a theatre company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their productions are semi-annual and performed at The Boston Center for the Arts Black Box Theater.Alarm Clock Theatre's critically acclaimed play P. S...

's Elliot Norton Award winning play PS Page Me Later based on selections from Found Magazine
Found Magazine
Found Magazine, created by Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and New York City, collects and catalogs found notes, photos, and other interesting items, publishing them in an irregularly-issued magazine, in books, and on its website...

.

On October 27, 2011, Almond appeared as a guest on the critically acclaimed podcast WTF with Marc Maron
WTF with Marc Maron
WTF with Marc Maron is a twice-weekly podcast hosted by stand up comedian Marc Maron. The show launched in September 2009. The program primarily consists of interviews with comedians and comedy writers, as well as others in the entertainment and radio communities...

.

Stories Online


Short Stories

  • My Life in Heavy Metal
    My Life in Heavy Metal
    My Life in Heavy Metal is a short story collection by Steve Almond published in 2002 by Grove Press. the bulk of the stories are about young men, in their twenties exploring their lives...

    (2002)
  • The Evil B.B. Chow
    The Evil B.B. Chow
    The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Short Stories is the second collection of short stories put together by author Steve Almond. The book was published in 2005 by Algonquin Books. The book contains twelve stories by Mr. Almond:*The Evil B.B...

    (2005)
  • God Bless America
    God Bless America
    "God Bless America" is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. The later version has notably been recorded by Kate Smith, becoming her signature song ....

    (2011)

Nonfiction

  • Candyfreak : A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, Algonquin Books, 2004.
  • (Not That You Asked) Rants, Exploits and Obsessions
    (Not That You Asked) Rants, Exploits and Obsessions
    Rants, Exploits and Obsessions is a forthcoming collection of essays by the New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond. The collection's entries divulge the author's thoughts on such topics as his sexual failures, fatherhood and Kurt Vonnegut...

    , Random House
    Random House
    Random House, Inc. is the largest general-interest trade book publisher in the world. It has been owned since 1998 by the German private media corporation Bertelsmann and has become the umbrella brand for Bertelsmann book publishing. Random House also has a movie production arm, Random House Films,...

    , was released September 11, 2007.
  • Letters from People Who Hate Me, self-published with Espresso Book Machine
    Espresso Book Machine
    The Espresso Book Machine is a print on demand machine that prints, collates, covers, and binds a single book in a few minutes.The EBM is small enough to fit in a retail book store or small library room, and as such it is targeted at retail and library markets. The EBM can potentially allow...

    , 2010.
  • Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, Random House
    Random House
    Random House, Inc. is the largest general-interest trade book publisher in the world. It has been owned since 1998 by the German private media corporation Bertelsmann and has become the umbrella brand for Bertelsmann book publishing. Random House also has a movie production arm, Random House Films,...

    , 2010.

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