Stephen Stark

Location DC suburbs (the great eastern conurbation)
Occupation Writer

Books by Stephen Stark
  • by Stephen Stark
    Algonquin Books, 1988-10.

  • by Stephen Stark
    Washington Square Pr, 1994-09.

  • by Stephen Stark
    Shelf Media Group, 2011.

  • by Stephen Stark
    Geekvoodoo Books, 2011.
  • About Me

    •<i>The Outskirts</i>, Algonquin Books, 1988.
    •<i>Second Son</i>, Henry Holt, 1992, Washington Square Press, 1994. New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 1992 and a New and Noteworthy Paperback of 1994.
    •"The Sun From Underwater," an excerpt from <i>The Final Appearance of America's Favorite Girl Next Door</i> was published in the journal <i>Arts & Letters</i>, November 8, 2010.
    Hard at work on finishing <i>The Bob Delusion</i>, some of which I've posted here.

    My fiction has been in some little magazines and in <i>The New Yorker</i>, and my reviews have been in the <i>Times</i>, <i>The Washington Post</i>, the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> and <i>The Houston Chronicle</i>.

    (I've published <i>Second Son</i> under my own imprint as an ebook. If you have a Kindle, you can get it for free as a loaner.)

    Why do you write?

    The angled winter sunlight falling on her hair.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    In no particular order: Ken Kesey, Jack Kerouac, Mark Z. Danielewski, David Foster Wallace, Don DeLillo, Neal Stephenson, George Saunders, John Fowles, Leo Tolstoy, William Shakespeare, Vladimir Nabokov, Jonathan Franzen, Denis Johnson, Laura Kasichke, Judith Hall, Richard Howard, Ed Hirsch, Adam Zagajewski, Robert Hass, Richard Bausch, Li-Young Lee, Lucie Brock-Broido and so many others it's a weird kind of (not exactly unpleasant) torture to try to think of them all, much less list them.

    Stephen Stark's Wall

    Angela Kubinec – Sep 14, 2010

    Hi Stephen - glad you found me uplifting. I enjoyed Jesus so much I not only faved it but clicked that button that makes me your "follower" - whatever that means. ;-)

    Christamar Varicella – Sep 10, 2010

    Hey Stephen, Thanks for the nice comment. I feel like you are helping me move one step closer to realizing my dream of publishing a book of condescending letters to celebrity authors. I notice from your bio that we have similar tastes. My open letter to Jack Kerouac is already up on my website ( and David Foster Wallace will be up soon if I don't kill the post in the name of good taste.

    David Erlewine – Apr 29, 2010

    Ha! Seems like pissing people off is a good thing in some ways, yes. Incidentally, I never got a notification via email that you wrote on my wall. I'm usually "good" (compulsive) about responding timely. Really nice to hear from you, Stephen. Curious to see how things shake out with your daughter reading your book!

    James Robison – Feb 04, 2010

    Thank you so much for your kind and perceptive words about The Line. You have tagged my intentions and hopes for the story perfectly.

    Katrina Gray – Sep 04, 2009

    Thanks for you comments and suggestions. "The Bob Delusion" is just great, by the way.

    ABxx – Aug 02, 2009

    Hello Stephen,

    Thank you for the kind commentary on my latest story. I'm really looking forward to reading your work!


    Thomas Easterling – Jul 22, 2009

    Thanks, Stephen. Lu is in the process of learning how to live--and love--wisely & passionately. Sandra will throw him some curve balls along the way. What I've posted to this point has been all first draft; my edits are going to involve trimming the story line and incorporating more humor.

    One more item: I notice that both of us are Hass fans. When did you run into him? I wrote my dissertation about him.

    Carol Novack – May 29, 2009

    Ah so, you're a dasher! Moi-meme, I'll stick to Subliminally Silly Love Stories, if you don't mind.

    Carol Novack – May 29, 2009

    Sublimely silly, or better yet, subliminally silly?

    Carol Novack – May 29, 2009

    Thanks for your comments re 3 Silly Love Stories, Stephen!

    David Erlewine – Mar 20, 2009

    Hi Stephen, thanks again for your review of "Always With Us". Your list of authors has so many of my favorites. And I second Heather's comment about your credentials. David

    Heather Fowler – Mar 15, 2009

    Hi Stephen,

    Impressive credentials. :) Many thanks for your comment on my piece. I love your reading taste noted above, particularly Tolstoy, Shakespeare, and Nabokov. Looking forward to reading your fiction.

    All best and warmest regards,

    David Erlewine – Mar 14, 2009

    Hi Stephen, I live outside Annapolis. Nice to see you on here. Cheers, David

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