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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stephen Elliott  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

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.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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