Meredith Steinbach Professor of Literary Arts

Meredith Steinbach is the author of novels Village with Blue Doors (forthcoming, January 2016), Beata Rustica: The Tale of the Would-Be Saint, 2013, The Charmed Life of Flowers: Field Notes from Provence, 2012, The Birth of the World as We Know It; or, Teiresias (paperback, 2012), Zara, Here Lies The Water, one play, a screenplay, and numerous short stories including the collection Reliable Light. Several novels and another short fiction collection are forthcoming. Prizes and honors have included Winner of the 2013 Paris Book Festival/International General Fiction Category for The Charmed Life of Flowers; Honorable Mention, 2012 New England Book Festival/ General Fiction Category for The Charmed Life of Flowers; Thomas J. Watson Institute Travel Grant for research in France and Greece; the Bunting Fellowship of Radcliffe College at Harvard University; O. Henry Award for the Short Story; 100 Distinguished Stories, Best American Short Stories; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; Pushcart Prize for the Short Story, Rhode Island State Artist's Grants, among others.

Her teaching career began while a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, followed by visiting writer positions at Antioch College, Northwestern University, the University of Washington. She has been a member of the Faculty of Brown University since 1983 and continues as Professor of Literary Arts in the Brown University Literary Arts Department.

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

"Truck," an excerpt from To Be Sung on the Water, a novel,  in The Long Meanwhile, an anthology, Molly McQuade, ed., Hourglass Books, 2006

"Statuesque," an excerpt from To Be Sung on the Water, a novel, inTriQuarterly Magazine, #117, Fall, 2003

"Tripped Oasis," an excerpt from To Be Sung on the Water, a novel, in Ploughshares, Volume: 28 Number: 4, 2002

"The Third Visitor," an excerpt from To Be Sung on the Water, a novel, in Southwest Review, vol. 85, number 2, 2000

The Birth of the World as We Know It; or, Teiresias, a novel (Northwestern University Press, November 11, 1996)

In the Realm of Which There Is No Sign, a play; staged reading, Brown University, 1994

She, a one-act play; On Site Production, CSPS, Inc., World Premier Plays, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Fall, 1992

Reliable Light, a collection of stories and novellas (Rutgers University Press, 1990)

Here Lies the Water, an experimental novel, (Another Chicago Press, May 1990)

"In Recent History," a story, in Prize Stories 1990: The O. Henry Awards, Doubleday, Fall, 1989

"A Preponderance of the Small," a novella, Tyuonyi, Institute of Native American Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Winter, 1989

"On Star Street," in Five Fingers Review #5, San Francisco, California, Winter, 1988

"In Recent History," in Southwest Review, Southern Methodist University, Summer, 1988

"Two Chapters," in TriQuarterly 71, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, featuring "The Death of Narkissos" and "The Birth of the World As We Know It," 1988

"Bluebeard's Children," in Black Warrior Review, University of Arkansas, Spring, 1987

"Sparking," in Antioch Review, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, Fall, 1985

"Soundings in Feet and Fathoms," in The Massachusetts Review, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, Spring, 1985

"Hippopotamos," in TriQuarterly 61, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Fall, 1984

Zara, a novel (Ecco Press, 1982, 1984; reissued, Northwestern University Press, October 1996 )

"The Very Dead," in TriQuarterly 51, Spring, 1981

"In Vivo," in Antaeus 39, New York, N.Y., Fall, 1980

"Zara Montgomery," in TriQuarterly 46, Fall, 1979

"Vestiges," The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New York, N.Y. 1977-78 ed

"The Foxglove is a Delicate Flower," in Cutbank, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, Fall/Winter, 1977

"Vestiges," in Ploughshares, Special Fiction Issue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Spring, 1976

research overview

Professor Steinbach is a novelist and short story writer with an interest in ancient and modern world literatures and in the non-linear forms of modernist and post-modernist fiction.

research statement

Professor Steinbach is currently working on the completion of several novels and one collection of short fiction.

funded research