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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steve Wiegenstein  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1955 in Ironton, Missouri

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Illinois Connection

Steve was a resident of Quincy, Illinois, from 1992 to 2009.

Biographical and Professional Information

Steve Wiegenstein is an academic scholar of utopian movements, a published fiction writer, and a fourth-generation native of the Ozarks. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he published Ozark Review, a literary journal, while working as a newspaper reporter. His short fiction has been published in Southern Humanities Review, Louisiana Literature, Nebraska Review, Oxford Magazine, and others. He currently serves as president of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. His debut novel, Slant of Light, was published in April 2012 by Blank Slate Press of St. Louis.


Slant of Light's first chapter was the winner of the Novels – First Chapter category in the Green River Writers 2008 competition and was a semifinalist in the William Van Wert Fiction Competition.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Please contact Steve at [] or Steve Wiegenstein, 4700 Roemer Rd., Columbia, MO 65202

Selected Titles At Your Library

Slant of light :
ISBN: 9780982880661. OCLC Number: 789673466

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Inspired by dreams of building a utopian society, James Turner, a charming writer and lecturer, Charlotte, his down-to-earth bride, and Cabot, an idealistic Harvard-educated abolitionist are drawn together in a social experiment deep in the Missouri Ozarks. With Civil War looming, they are confronted with the hardships of building and sustaining a new community while staying neutral in an increasingly divided country. As love, longing, and betrayal, renegades, slave-catchers, and soldiers threaten to destroy their dreams, they discover that even the loftiest of ideas are at the mercy of politics and personal desire.--Back cover.