Steven Salvatore is an unapologetically gay writer, educator, and activist who loves glitter beards and spends most of his days daydreaming and making up stories.

Steven grew up in Tarrytown, New York, with his mom who was pretty much Wonder Woman growing up. He has an incredible sister who is much smarter than he will ever be. He studied writing and art history at Ithaca College, and received his MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Children’s Literature from The New School. He is currently a full-time Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Writing Center at The College of New Rochelle (CNR), where he oversees the Writing Program and teaches core writing courses, creative writing, and fun English classes like Graphic Novel. He was formerly a  full-time English instructor at SUNY Orange where he single-handedly revived their literary magazine and revamped it with a new name, thePULP. He currently lives in Peekskill, New York, with his amazingly patient husband also named Steve. They live in an old converted convent (fun fact: The Flying Nun and The Facts of Life exterior shots were taken at his place of residence!) where they spend most of their days rewatching old episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race or Parks and Recreation, and planning their next major international vacation (hint: Italy!)

Steven is passionate about activism and advocating for diversity on and off campus. At CNR, he’s the faculty advisor of SPECTRUM, the all-inclusive diversity club, as well as the Phoenix, the undergraduate literary magazine. At SUNY Orange, he was the faculty advisor of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance and thePULP, the literary magazine.  He’s a professional member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and has served on NYSUT’s Civil and Human Rights Committee. He also volunteers his time at The LOFT, an LGBT resource center in White Plains, New York, where he facilitates a biweekly creative writing workshop, and taught a memoir writing course to LGBTQ+ seniors through Lifetime Arts.

Steven is currently represented by Naomi Davis at Bookends Literary.

Follow Steven on Twitter: @StevenSSWrites

Fast Facts:

  • Steven’s side dream is to be the most fabulous drag queen for just one night.
  • Steven has been obsessed with Mariah Carey since he first heard “Emotions” at the ripe old age of six back in 1992. “Hero” and the Music Box album cemented that love, and he became known as the “Mariah Dude” for most of his young life. He proudly defended her during the Glitter-era. He even made a Mariah-themed scrapbook in 2002 that he still has … somewhere. He finally met his queen in 2009. She was gracious and regal and everything.
  • The Glitter-era mentioned above is the desired aesthetic for Steven’s future drag persona. Who doesn’t love a good red paisley bandana bra?
  • When he was 7, he was in a TV commercial for German sausage that aired only in Germany. He was dressed as a boy scout. It was the most #masc he’s ever been.
  • When he’s not obsessing over Mariah Carey, he’s obsessing over Lady Gaga.
  • He’s a huge Marvel and Star Wars nerd. He also loves Disney. Like, a lot.
  • His favorite comment on his “Rate My Professor” page is from one former student who wrote that he “gives the most amount of work I have ever been given. His class is so overwhelming and took up all of my time, leaving me with little time for my other classes. He thinks the world revolves around him.” Spoiler alert: I do.
  • He wishes there were more hours in the day and days in the week to read for pleasure (grading papers all year long is such a time suck), and his goal for 2018 is to read 13 books. He hopes the list below will keep him accountable…

Books Read in 2018:

  1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  3. Simon Vs. the Homosapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  4. And She Was by Jessica Verdi
  5.  Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  6. The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara
  7. Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack
  8. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  9. True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
  10. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
  11. Rise of the Black Panther by Evan Narcisse and Ta-Nehisi Coates
  12. The Cerulean by Amy Ewing

Books Currently Reading/In Queue:

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram


  1. Thanks for your visit to my blog! I wanted to drop by and invite you to join in Project O which is a look into how opinions are formed around the world. If this interests you and if you have a social issue you might want to share with people, please consider joining! The post can be found at the top of my blog under Project O – The Original Project Idea and the template is the post next to it. Thanks again for taking the time to visit my blog! –OM

  2. What a great find!! I’m a journalism student and I would kill to be able to write like you!! I feel so inadequate when I read stuff like your blog. I mean you are a professor after all! I am in favor of long forms so I will definitely be watching out for your novel. Lots of respect!



    1. Wow…what a tremendous compliment! I really appreciate your words. Writing is a process, it takes practice, but the more you write, the more you’ll be able to find your voice and cultivate something that’s uniquely you. Here’s a trick: Don’t EVER feel inadequate when you read something from a writer you admire. You should assess their style, find what it is you like about their style, and DO IT BETTER. That’s how writer’s improve, by reading a lot and writing even more.

      Thanks for checking out my blog! And keep checking back for (hopeful) novel updates 🙂

      1. thank you! if only there was an extra day in the week that could be designated for reading.

        will keep on reading yours stuff for sure 🙂 i love pop culture also, im the biggest Kylie Minogue Junkie :p

    1. Aww! Hey…my philosophy is this (and I stole this idea from the seminal Whoopi Goldberg classic “Sister Act 2” when her character Sister Mary Clarence said it to Lauryn Hill’s character): “If you wake up in the morning and all you can think about is writing, you a writer, gurl.”

      So if you want to be a writer, BE a writer 🙂

      1. Wohooo! Thanks for your (or should I say Sister Mary Clarence’s) philosophy!
        It really lifted my writing spirit 🙂
        Nice to meet you and I love reading your blog.
        Stay connected! 😀

  3. So glad you were Freshly Pressed, otherwise, I may never have found your blog! What a shame that would have been!

    Fyi: Most of my blog posts were written to Lana Del Rey … apparently, she writes to narrate both of our lives.

  4. Just want to say that as a rising college sophomore studying English, I wish I had the privilege of having you as my professor. I love how you so deftly analyze trends in pop culture and think deeply about images others may overlook – as a gay male who once had an eating disorder your posts regarding Sam Smith and the objectification of men really spoke to me. Serious kudos to you, please keep writing, and I cannot wait to read more of your work!

    PS: I’m also a huge YA nerd (realistic fiction especially) so I hope your novel gets picked up by an agent and published soon. I will definitely be one of the first to read it.

    1. Well, sir, I wish I had the pleasure of teaching you! We have a lot of fun in my classes.

      I’m glad the Sam Smith piece resonated with you — just always remember that, no matter what, you are perfect just the way you are. We need more affirmations like that instead of more advertisements for the perfect body.

      Thanks for the kind words! I’ll keep you posted if and when my book gets picked up 🙂 Thanks for reading!


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