Susan Steinberg (author)

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Susan Steinberg is an American writer. She is the author of the short story collections The End of Free Love (FC2, 2003), Hydroplane (University of Alabama Press, 2006) and Spectacle (Graywolf Press, 2013). Her first novel Machine: A Novel (Graywolf, 2019), revolving around a group of teenagers during a single summer at the shore, employs experimental language and structure to interrogate gender, class, privilege, and the disintegration of identity in the shadow of trauma.[1]


Steinberg holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.F.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[2] She teaches English at the University of San Francisco.[3] She was a fiction editor at Pleiades from 2000 until 2006.[4]


Susan Steinberg was the recipient of a 2012 Pushcart Prize for her short story "Cowboys."[5]


Publishers Weekly gave Machine a starred review, praising her "use of meter and line".[6]

About Machine, Ann Hulbert commended in The Atlantic Steinberg's "daring experiments with style and perspective".[7]

In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Andrew Schenker lauded the stylistic diversity of the chapters in Machine and the stylistic "tension between motion and stasis" in Spectacle.[8]



  1. ^ "Machine : A Novel / Susan Steinberg". Princeton University Library Catalogue. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  2. ^ "Susan Steinberg to join NWP as Distinguished Visiting Professor". Department of English, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, The University of Iowa. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  3. ^ "Susan Steinberg". Conjunctions — The forum for innovative writing. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  4. ^ ""Discovering New Talent is Absolutely One of the Great Thrills of Editing." | The Review Review". Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  5. ^ McKeel, Jenny (2011-07-17). "USF English Professor Awarded Pushcart Prize". University of San Francisco. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  6. ^ "Machine". publishers weekly. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  7. ^ Hulbert, Ann (2019-07-23). "Girl, Haunted". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  8. ^ Andrew Schenker. ""Because She Meant God and We Meant Something Else": On Susan Steinberg's "Machine"". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  9. ^ Paoletta, Kyle (2019-09-05). "Transfixing and Repellent: Susan Steinberg's Fictions of Insidious Masculinity". The Nation. ISSN 0027-8378. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  10. ^ "Book Review: 'Spectacle' by Susan Steinberg". 2 April 2019.
  11. ^ Ciuraru, Carmela (2013-01-19). "'Spectacle,' by Susan Steinberg". SFGate.
  12. ^ "Spectacle, by Susan Steinberg  |  Conjunctions — The forum for innovative writing". Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  13. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Hydroplane by Susan Steinberg, Author . Fiction Collective Two $15.95 (204p) ISBN 978-1-57366-129-4".
  14. ^ "19 Wonderful Short Books and Stories to Read Now". Vulture. 18 October 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Bookslut | The End of Free Love by Susan Steinberg". Retrieved 2020-01-23.

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