Author and blogger Steve Wiegenstein has been involved with the literature of the Ozarks since the late 1970s, when he co-founded Ozark Review magazine while working as a newspaper reporter in his home area. Since then, he’s taught at colleges and universities in the Ozarks, written scores of reviews and articles, and published award-winning novels and short stories. In this presentation, he will introduce the audience to some of today’s Ozark literary voices, who are staying close to their roots while moving well beyond the “hillbillies in the holler” stereotype. Steve’s short story collection, Scattered Lights: Stories, was recently named as one of the “25 favorite books of 2020” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Steve grew up in the Ozarks, the setting for his novel series, and worked there as a newspaper reporter before entering the field of higher education. An avid hiker and canoer, he returns to his home region every chance he gets; he also writes and blogs about rural and Ozarks issues at stevewiegenstein.wordpress.com.
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