Stephen Elliott

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General Information

Name: Stephen Elliott

Pen Name: None

Born: 1971 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Elliott is a native of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stephen Elliott spent the ages of 13 through 18 in state custody, growing up in juvenile detention facilities, group homes, and foster care. After being shunted through the various institutions run by the Illinois Department of Child & Family Services, Elliott came into the good care of the Jewish Children’s Bureau. From there, he went back to school and graduated from high school; earning a scholarship to the University of Illinois. After receiving his BA, he went on to Northwestern for an MA in Film Studies. In 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.

Currently, Elliott currently lives in San Francisco and teaches creative writing at Stanford University and has served as the Coordinator of the University’s Writer’s Studio. He is a frequent contributor to GQ, Esquire, The Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, McSweeney’s, The Sun and The Huffington Post.

Elliott is also the founder of The Progressive Reading Series which helps authors raise money and participate on behalf of progressive candidates and causes across the country. He also continues to be an advocate for reform in our child welfare system.

Published Works

  • A Life Without Consequences, MacAdam/Cage, 2001
  • What It Means to Love You, MacAdam/Cage, 2002
  • Looking Forward to It: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love the American Electoral Process, Picador, 2004
  • Happy Baby (Hardcover), MacADam/Cage , 2005
  • My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up, Cleis Press, 2006
  • The Adderall Diaries, Graywolf Press, 2009

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Life Without Consequences

ISBN: 0613683587
Release Date: 2002-07

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What It Means to Love You

ISBN: 1931561184
Release Date: 2002-10-01

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Looking Forward to It: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral Process

ISBN: 0312424159
Release Date: 2004-10-16

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Happy Baby

ISBN: 033043831X
Release Date: 2005-04-01

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The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir

ISBN: 1555975704
Release Date: 2010-09-28

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Literary Awards

Happy Baby

  • Finalist, Young Lions Award
  • Silver Medal, California Book Award
  • Favorite Books of 2004, New York Newsday
  • Top 10 Books of the Year , Salon
  • Top 5 Books of 2004, Newcity Chicago
  • Favorite Books of the Year, Village Voice

Looking Forward to It

  • Favorite Books of the Year, Village Voice

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Stephen Elliott on WorldCat


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