Author Archives: Deborah Steinberg

About Deborah Steinberg

I am a writer whose fiction and prose poetry explore themes of illness and healing in surreal, metaphoric ways. I hold a B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Bard College and an M.A. in English Literature from the Université Michel Montaigne – Bordeaux III, where my thesis focused on the intersection of literature and medicine. I spent seven years teaching English in France, and since my return to my native San Francisco, I have served as Director of Artist Services at WomenArts and Managing Editor at Red Bridge Press. My writing is published in print and online journals, and I am working on a novel. I am passionate about the power of writing as part of the healing process, and I facilitate writing workshops focused on healing.

Interview on LitSeen

I’m honored to be interviewed by Evan Karp for The Write Stuff on LitSeen! Be sure to check out the video of me reading a piece of flash fiction at the end of the interview.



Photo: Pobby Heglar


My story “The Approaching Chimes” is published in Devilfish Review

My story “The Approaching Chimes” is published in Devilfish Review’s current issue, which features speculative fiction and poetry on the theme of identity. This is the second story in my Airoot universe—if you liked “From Dark Ridge,” you’ll like this one! I’m excited to continue writing stories in this universe… and to read the rest of the pieces in this issue of Devilfish!

Flash Fiction published in riverbabble

I’m honored to have a piece of flash fiction, Verlan, published in Issue 27 of riverbabble.

There’s a story behind this story: A year ago, Conspiracy of Venus, the vocal ensemble I sing with, conducted a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to record an album (which is almost finished). Most singers donated our time and talents in the form of perks to people who donated to the campaign. I offered to write a 500-word story based on an idea or prompt given by the donor, then to get that story published and dedicate it to the donor. So… thanks to Chad Liffmann, who gave me the prompt for this one!

Stay tuned for the next donor-inspired story, hopefully to be published soon…

Poem Published in Minerva Rising

IMG_0769I’m proud to have a poem published in the latest issue of Minerva Rising Literary Journal! I’m loving the cover and the content of this food-themed issue, with all writing and artwork by women. I’m mainly a prose writer, so it’s an honor to get a poem out into the world. My piece, “Study in Wine and Stone,” is a loose sestina about Bordeaux, France, inspired by an assignment that my friend Kate O’Brien gave to our writing group, The Burning Baguettes, when we used to meet once a week over pizza and wine in our friend’s apartment in downtown Bordeaux to workshop our writing. Kate provided the words for the end of each of the six lines and challenged us to write a sestina about our adopted city. Almost a decade (and countless revisions) later, my poem has found a home!

My story “From Dark Ridge” published by The Red Line

Dark Ridge Image I’m thrilled that my speculative fiction story, “From Dark Ridge,” has been published by The Red Line as part of their sex-themed issue. And, if the judge chooses my story as the winner out of the five chosen stories, I’ll win a prize! They’ve also chosen some cool images to accompany the story. The Red Line is a British magazine whose aim is to publish English-language writing by people all over the world. Check it out!

Oakland Beast Crawl


On Saturday, July 12, I participated in the Oakland Beast Crawl. It was a fantastic time! I got to hear so much great writing, talk to a bunch of awesome writers, and perform my own work! And it was all captured on video.

I read an excerpt from my novel, Splitting the Wind, at Writing Without Walls, curated and hosted by Jeff Von Ward at Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective. Here’s the video of the event.

Charles Kruger and I co-hosted the Bay Area Generations reading at Era Art and Wine Bar. We both performed as surprise musical guests interspersed between three intergenerational pairs of writers. It was fun to sing “Pacific Song” a cappella. Here’s the video.

The crawl was a wonderful celebration of the Bay Area literary community, and I’m honored to have been a part of it. Thank you so much to all the organizers, curators, readers, musicians, and audience members…


Writing is Healing at Succulent Words Workshop

 Read about one participant’s great experience at the last Heal Write workshop at Succulence, as well as an example of the types of writing we generate in the workshops, on her blog. Register for the upcoming three-week Succulent Words workshop to do some healing writing of your own!



Great Reviews of “Writing That Risks”

Writing That Risks: New Work From Beyond The Mainstream, which I co-edited with Liana Holmberg, is the first book out from Red Bridge Press. I’m so pleased that the anthology has been getting some great reviews! Links below:

Hannah Rodabaugh in [PANK]

Robert O’Connell in Switchback

Lauren Egger-Crowe in Trop

It feels great when reviewers clearly understand our mission with the anthology – to present writing that takes risk in both form and content in different ways – and it feels even better when they think we’ve succeeded! Keep in touch with Red Bridge Press by signing up for the mailing list. We’re planning a lot of exciting things for 2014 – including the launch of a webzine (I’ll be the fiction editor), participating in the AWP conference in Seattle in February, and, later in the year, announcing our next publication.