Stephen Elliott (author)
Stephen Elliott at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
|Born||December 3, 1971|
|Education||Mather High School|
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
|Notable award(s)||Stegner Fellowship|
Stephen Elliott (born December 3, 1971) is an American author and activist living in San Francisco who has written and published seven books. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the online literary magazine, The Rumpus.net. He is also the founder of the political action committee LitPAC, which holds readings by authors to raise money for progressive candidates.
Background and education
Elliott grew up in Chicago. In his adolescence he was made a ward of the court and placed in several group homes. He attended Mather High School and the University of Illinois, and went on to receive his master's degree in cinema studies from Northwestern University in 1996. He was the Marsh McCall lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University. In 2001, he was awarded the Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, given to emerging writers in fiction and poetry.
Books and journalism
Elliott went on the campaign trail and wrote a book about the 2004 U.S. presidential race, Looking Forward To It: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying About It and Love the American Electoral Process (Picador, Oct 2004, ISBN 0-312-42415-9). His novel Happy Baby was edited by Dave Eggers and co-published by McSweeney's and MacAdam/Cage and was released in February 2004. The paperback of Happy Baby was published by Picador in January 2005. His book, My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up (ISBN 1573442550), a collection of S&M erotica, sometimes referred to as a sexual memoir, was published by Cleis Press in 2006.
In April 2007, he published an essay about his experiment of not using the Internet for one month, writing: "I could feel my attention span lengthening. I would think about problems until I figured them out."
In 2008, Elliott started The Rumpus, an online cultural commentary site.
In 2012, Elliott directed the film About Cherry, based on a script written by Lorelei Lee and himself. The film starred Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco and Dev Patel, and debuted at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.
In December 2012, Elliott raised the funds via Kickstarter to shoot his second film, "Happy Baby", based on his novel of the same name. Production was expected to begin in March 2013.
- Happy Baby (2004)
- What It Means to Love you (2002)
- A Life Without Consequences (2001)
- Jones Inn (1998)
- Essays and Non-fiction
- Looking Forward to It (2004)
- The Adderall Diaries (2009)
- Short story collections
- My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up (2006)
- About Cherry (2012)
- 2001 Stegner Fellowship
- Stephen Elliott at the Internet Movie Database
- The Rumpus
- Official website
- Photo of Stephen Elliott by Lydia Lunch
- Nude Awakening - excerpt from My Girlfriend Comes to the City on Salon.com
- Innocence Abroad - story from Nerve.com
- On the Way to Work - story from SmokeLong Quarterly, December 15, 2006
- Interview with LitRave, October, 2006
- Interview with Tao Lin, 2009
- Chicago Tribune Profile
- Review of "The Adderall Diaries in The Las Vegas Weekly"
- Interview with The Days of Yore
- The Masocast Interview