Steve Woodward hails from a Minnesota suburb near a bend of the upper Mississippi river. He is an editor at Graywolf Press, where he has edited books of literary fiction and nonfiction by authors including Anna Burns, Jamel Brinkley, Daisy Johnson, Esmé Weijun Wang, Mark Doten, Angela Palm, Benjamin Percy, Susan Steinberg, and others. Authors he has worked with have won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and have been finalists for the National Book Award, the Man Booker International Prize, and the LA Times Book Prize, and have been on the New York Times best seller list.

Steve taught for five years in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, where he helped to launch their mentorship program, in which students work with editors on their thesis manuscripts. He was co-founder of the now-defunct Menagerie, an online magazine that focused on hybrid forms. He currently teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul.

He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. His writing has been recognized with a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and with Hopwood Awards in both fiction and nonfiction. He has spoken about editing and publishing at a number of conferences and venues, including AWP, the Loft Literary Center, Story Studio Chicago, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and Grub Street’s The Muse and the Marketplace, among other venues.


Selected Books Edited



“If, Minnesota,” Migration Issue, May 2012

Review of The Muse in the Machine: Essays on Poetry and the Anatomy of the Body Politic. T. R. Hummer. The Bloomsbury Review, Vol. 26, Issue 5, September/October 2006

Review of Beckett Remembering, Remembering Beckett: A Centenary Celebration. Ed. James & Elizabeth Knowlson. The Bloomsbury Review, Vol. 26, Issue 5, September/October 2006

Review of Rust and Bone: Stories. Craig Davidson. The Bloomsbury Review, Vol. 26 Issue 1, January/February 2006

Review of Stretching My Mind: The Collected Essays 1960 to 2005. Edward Albee. The Bloomsbury Review, Vol. 26 Issue 1, January/February 2006

“Conceptualize.Collate.Enigma,” Inscape, Winter 2005

“Emergence,” Inscape, Fall 2005


Artist Initiative Grant. Minnesota State Arts Board, 2014

“The Salsa Garden,” Avery Jules Hopwood Award in Nonfiction. University of Michigan, 2008

Van A. Burd Award, Thesis Research Grant. University of Michigan, 2008

“Flight,” Avery Jules Hopwood Award in Short Fiction. University of Michigan, 2007

“If, Minnesota,” Finalist in Very-Short Fiction, Glimmer Train. Summer 2007

“Bjorn’s Bird,” First Place, Ann Doty Fiction Award. Brigham Young University, 2005

“The Silence,” Second Place, Fiction, Vera Hinckley Mayhew Contest. Brigham Young University, 2005

“Conceptualize.Collate.Enigma,” Honorable Mention, Poetry, Vera Hinckley Mayhew Contest. Brigham Young University, 2005


MIMIC. An ensemble novel about the murky world of illegal wildlife trafficking in south Florida that tracks a duplicitous pet store owner, a vet’s daughter, an airboat tour guide, and a theater flunky as their paths intersect at a crumbling refuge on the edge of the Everglades. Currently seeking representation.

BOUNDARY LINES. In-progress non-linear novel. When the matriarch of a farming family resurfaces years after her unexplained disappearance, her youngest son grapples with a complex legacy of toxic masculinity, family secrets, and land use.

IF, MINNESOTA: STORIES. A collection of short stories set in Minnesota, from the Twin Cities to the Iron Range. Ice fishing: check. Mining: check. Snow and ice: check. Passive aggressive niceness: check. Welcome to the Midwest.

An early draft of MIMIC


Steve Woodward is the drummer for the band Complexes.

He plays a Tama Starclassic kit, uses Zildjian cymbals, and swears by Vic Firth sticks. 

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