Stephen Pett is the author of Sirens (Vintage), a novel, and a collection of poetry, Pulpit of Bones (Morrow). His short work—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—has appeared in many venues—and made the Notable list in Best American Short Stories. His short story, “The Elizabeth Smart Memorial Hike,” won Crab Orchard Review’s 2015 Special Issue Feature Award in Fiction. Recent stories have appeared in Witness, Red Rock Review, Whitefish Review, and Cimarron Review.
For eight years Stephen Pett coordinated Iowa State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment. He is Founding Editor of Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment.
Inspired by his years living in Ireland, some of that time as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Stephen Pett took ten summer classes to Ireland, writing and reading their way around the island. He also took many groups on the road for “study abroad classes at home,” visiting Native communities in the southwest, and numerous “wild” locations, from the Badlands of South Dakota and Yellowstone Park to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota.
Stephen Pett is the recipient of many teaching awards, at both Iowa State University and the Native American Preparatory School in Rowe, New Mexico, where he taught for two years while on leave from ISU and was selected twice by students there as Teacher of the Year.
Stephen Pett just completed a novel, The Room of Duplicates.
He divides his year between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota.