Discipline: Literature – fiction

Susan Steinberg

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: San Francisco, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2018, 2023, 2024

Susan Steinberg is the author of four books of fiction, most recently Machine and Spectacle from Graywolf Press. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, McSweeney's, The Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions, Zyzzyva, The Believer online, and other literary journals.

She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of San Francisco and was the 2019 and 2021 Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor in the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa.

At MacDowell, she has worked on several collections and novels. In 2018 Susan worked on her novel, Machine, then forthcoming from Graywolf Press. During her 2023 residency, she was working on her fifth book of fiction, a novel.



Susan Steinberg worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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