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 and helped 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 and at the Loft Literary Center.
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.
He lives near a bend of the upper Mississippi River.