Hugh Behm-Steinberg

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Hugh Behm–Steinberg's 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). His most recent chapbook is The Sound of Music (Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv).

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.

Behm–Steinberg collaborates on text/sound art projects with Matt Davignon under the bandname Oa. Their first album, Oa, was released on Edgetone Records in February 2015. He is currently collaborating with his wife on an illuminated manuscript reworking of Farid ud-Din Attar's 12th Century Sufi masterpiece The Conference of the Birds.

In 2015 his short story "Taylor Swift" won the Barthelme Prize for short fiction. He is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and the recipient of an NEA fellowship.

Behm–Steinberg has taught at the University of Arizona and Stanford and is a faculty member of CCA's graduate and undergraduate writing programs, where he has taught courses in mentored study, narrative, book structure, Romanticism, science fiction, and creative writing for the last 15 years.

He is also the faculty 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.

Senior Adjunct Professor, Writing and Literature
Senior Adjunct Professor, Writing

BA, John Hopkins University; MFA, University of Arizona