oh, hey! it’s me . . .
the short of it:
Steven Salvatore is a gay, genderqueer author, college writing professor, Mariah Carey lamb, and Star Wars fanatic. They hold an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. They currently live in Peekskill, New York, with their amazingly patient husband, whose name is also Steve. They are the author of AND THEY LIVED…, CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY, and the forthcoming A SUPERCUT OF US (May 2023.) They are also the co-founder of Pride Book Fest.
Steven is represented by Jess Regel of Helm Literary Agency.
for a longer bio and more, check out their media kit!
- When writing about Steven in your publications, please use they/them
- Steven is gay and genderqueer. You can refer to them as either gay, queer, or genderqueer. Non-binary is fine, but not preferred; please do not refer to them as any other term or label than the ones specified here, as that would not be accurate and would be a form of misgendering and misrepresentation.
- As far as pronouns are concerned in conversation, Steven uses he/him or they/them, and to steal from the fabulous Jason June, feel free to use any set of pronouns based on their energy
- Steven is the co-founder of Pride Book Fest with Jacob Demlow
- Steven has been obsessed with Mariah Carey since they first heard “Emotions” at the ripe age of six back in 1992. They proudly defended her during the Glitter-era. They have a Mariah-themed scrapbook from 2002, so the lambdom runs DEEP. They finally met the queen in 2009, and she was gracious, regal, and everything.
- Steven’s side goal is to be a fabulous drag queen for just one night. Mariah Carey’s Glitter-era is the desired aesthetic — who doesn’t love a good red paisley bandana bra?
- When they were 7, they played a boy scout in a TV commercial for German sausage that aired only in Germany. It was the most #masc they’ve ever been.
- They’re a huge Star Wars nerd and fangirl of all things that live in that galaxy far, far away. Favorite characters include Leia Organa, Ahsoka Tano, and Poe Dameron (who is gay and that’s cannon.)
- Their favorite comment on one of their “Rate My Professor” pages (there are many) is from one former student, who wrote: “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: It’s true.