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Steinberg on Being Labeled Experimental

Oct 28, 2013

Susan Steinberg’s work often receives high praise. It’s also sometimes referred to as “experimental.”

“For me personally, I think it just has a lot more to do with my writing process than the actual finished product,” Steinberg said.

If you can get to the page or the computer or whatever you write on every day, there's a good chance something will come out

Steinberg said she tries new styles, new forms, and other types of experiments while she’s writing. She said that makes it fun for her so she has no plans to change.

Susan Steinberg
Credit Rich Egger

Steinberg spent the past week at Western Illinois University, where she served as the Fred Ewing Case and Lola Austin Case Writer-In-Residence. Her visit was sponsored by the Department of English and Journalism and by the College of Arts and Sciences.

During her time in Macomb, Steinberg worked one-on-one with students, held a public Q-and-A session, and gave a public reading.

Steinberg is author of the story collections The End of Free Love, Hydroplane, and Spectacle, which was released this year. Publishers Weekly called Spectacle “…a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction.”

Steinberg earned a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She started writing while waiting for her paintings to dry and she gradually came to enjoy writing more than painting.

She now tries to write something every day.

“I think that’s the trick. If you can get to the page or the computer or whatever you write on every day, there’s a good chance something will come out,” Steinberg said.

“But if you don’t get there – if you don’t show up – you’re not going to do any writing.”