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STEPHEN O'CONNOR is the author of six books: the novel, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings; two short story collections: Here Comes Another Lesson and Rescue; two works of nonfiction: Will My Name Be Shouted Out?, a memoir, and Orphan Trains, biography/history; and the forthcoming, Quasimode, poetry.

His fiction and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Conjunctions, One Story, The Missouri Review, Poetry Magazine, Electric Literature, Agni, Threepenny Review, The Quarterly, Partisan Review, among many other places.

His story, “Next to Nothing” was selected by Jennifer Egan for Best American Short Stories 2014, and another story, “Ziggurat,” was read by Tim Curry on Selected Shorts in October 2011 and June 2013.

His essays and journalism have been published in The New York Times, DoubleTake, The Nation, Agni, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The New Labor Forum, and elsewhere.

He is the recipient of the Cornell Woolrich Fellowship in Creative Writing from Columbia University, the Crook's Corner Prize for best first novel, the Visiting Fellowship for Historical Research by Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society, and the DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony.

He teaches in the Sarah Lawrence MFA writing program.



April 2016 Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings, New York: Viking (novel)
* Paperback to be published May 2017

August 2010 Here Comes Another Lesson, New York: Free Press (short fiction)
* Named a Best Book of 2010 by Time Out Chicago
* Named one of Ten Best Books of 2010 by Washington City Paper

February 2001 Orphan Trains; The Story of Charles Loring Brace and the Children He
Saved and Failed, New York: Houghton Mifflin (nonfiction)
Paperback: Chicago: University of Chicago Press
* Book of the Month Club alternate selection
* Named 2001 best book on the roots of juvenile crime by the National
Council on Crime and Delinquency

April 1996 Will My Name Be Shouted Out?, New York: Simon & Schuster (memoir)
Paperback: Touchstone
* Named 1996 "Book of the Year" by Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor

June 1989 Rescue, New York: Harmony Books (short stories and poetry)


Forthcoming “Five Fragments from THOMAS JEFFERSON DREAMS OF SALLY HEMINGS, a Novel,” The Manhattan Review

Forthcoming “The End of the End of the World,” Conjunctions

March 31, 2016 “So I Built a Little World,” 7x7

February 2015 “My Dreams Would Seem so Close,” Guernica

May 2014 “The Zip,” Conjunctions: 62

May 2014 “Con,” The Common

January 2014 “Excerpts from HUMAN EVENTS,” Electric Literature: Recommended Reading

May 2013 “Ghost,” The Literary Review

May 2013 “Next to Nothing,” Conjunctions: 60
*Chosen by Jennifer Egan for Best American Short Stories 2014

February 2013 “Decoherence,” Black Clock: 16

December 2012 “We Want So Much to Be Ourselves,” New England Review

April 2012 “Double Life,” The Common

April 2012 “I Would Never Do these Things,” Conjunctions

March 2012 “Another Nice Mess,” One Story

September 2011 “The Final Frontier,” Black Clock

Winter 2010-11 “’Til There Was You,” Conjunctions

Winter 2010 “Sawed-in-Half Girl,” Antioch Review

October 2009 “Love,” Electric Literature

June 29, 2009 “Ziggurat,” The New Yorker
* “Ziggurat” was read by Tim Curry at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles on March 26, 2011, and broadcast on SELECTED SHORTS during the 2011-12 season, and in new a new lineup, with an author interview in 2013.
* Read by author on KQED San Francisco, “The Writers Block”


May 2014 “As Long as He Knows You Love Him,” in Gresko, Brian, ed. When I First Held You, New York: Berkeley Books
* Republished in Passions of a Man, ed. Amatneek, Bill, Vineyard Press, Forthcoming.

November 2012 “Against Assessment,” in Beck, Heather, ed. Teaching Creative Writing in Higher Education: Anglo-American Perspectives, London: Palgrave Macmillan

October 2012 “Above the Lake,” Beloit Poetry Journal
* Featured on Verse Daily, January 7, 2013

October 2010 “Things Just Come,” “Not Yet,” Agni

June 2009 “What Next?” “Sweet Nothing,” Green Mountains Review

July/August 2008 “Biology,” Poetry

Winter 2008 “Uz,” “Song of Songs,” “Promises,” “Idolatry,” “Eternal Return,” “Dust and
Ashes.” Missouri Review

Fall 2007 “Milosz’s Choice; An Investigation of Sentimentality,” AGNI
* Received “Special Mention” in Pushcart Prize XXXIII (2009)


2002-Present Guest Faculty
Sarah Lawrence College MFA, Bronxville, N.Y.

2002-2014 Adjunct Associate Professor
Columbia University School of the Arts/Writing (MFA), New York, NY

1978 University of California, Berkeley, MA in English Literature

1974 Columbia Univeristy, BA in English Literature