Poet Hugh Behm–Steinberg is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship. His books include The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press) and Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books), as well as several chapbooks including Sorcery (Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv) and Good Morning! (Deconstructed Artichoke Press). He is the author of two libretti: Terrible Things Will Happen But It's Going to Be Okay: A Donner Party Opera with composer Guillermo Galindo, and a children's opera based on the Chinese folktale, The Clever Wife, which was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera for their Opera to Go series. He also collaborates on text/sound art projects with Matt Davignon, and is a member of The Crank Ensemble. He is currently collaborating with his wife on an illuminated manuscript re-working of Farid ud-Din Attar's 12th Century Sufi masterpiece The Conference of the Birds.
Behm–Steinberg has taught at the University of Arizona and Stanford, and is a member of the graduate and undergraduate writing faculties at CCA, where he has taught courses in mentored study, narrative, book structure, Romanticism, science fiction and creative writing for the last 15 years. He also is the editor of Eleven Eleven, CCA's journal of literature and art. He is the founder and chair of the Art School Writing Faculty Caucus. Additionally he publishes MaCaHu Press, a chapbook publishing venture, with Caroline Goodwin and Mary Behm-Steinberg.