Steven Salvatore is a young adult author, educator, and MAJOR Mariah Carey + Star Wars fan who spends most days daydreaming and making up stories. He prefers the term QUEER (identifying as both gay and genderqueer,) and uses pronouns he/him/his (more regularly) or they/them.

Steven grew up in Tarrytown, New York. He studied writing and art history at Ithaca College, and received his MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children from The New School. He was formerly a full-time Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Writing Center at The College of New Rochelle (CNR), where he oversaw the Freshman Writing Program and taught creative writing; CNR officially ceased academic operations in August of 2019, so he’s currently teaching part time at Pace University, volunteering at The LOFT (an LGBTQ+ resource center in White Plains, New York) where he facilitates a biweekly creative writing workshop, and working on numerous writing projects. As an educator, Steven is passionate about activism on and off campus and advocating for diversity in all spaces, especially when it comes to his students. Steven currently lives in Peekskill, New York, with his amazingly patient husband Steve. They live in an old converted convent (Fun fact: Exterior shots for The Flying Nun and The Facts of Life were taken at his apartment building!) where they spend most of their days rewatching episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Parks and Recreation, Schitt’s Creek, The Good Place, Grey’s Anatomy, and/or Glee, and planning their next major international vacation.

Steven is represented by Jess Regel of Foundry Literary + Media. His debut novel, THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE, will be published Winter 2021 with Bloomsbury!

Follow Steven on Twitter: @StevenSSWrites

Fast Facts:

  • Steven’s side goal is to be a 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. Or BILLY PORTER!!!
  • He’s a huge Marvel and Star Wars nerd. He also LOVES animated Disney films.
  • His favorite comment on his “Rate My Professor” page 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.
  • 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 2019 is to read 15 books. Steven used this space as a place to help hold himself accountable to reach his 2018 goal of 13 books — in fact, he read 14 books in 2018 (his favorites were Jessica Verdi’s And She Was, Amy Ewing’s The Cerulean, Joseph Cassara’s The House of Impossible Beauties, and Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give.) He hopes the list below will continue to keep him accountable…

Books Read in 2019:

  1. Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi (read January 2019)
  2. Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (read February 2019)
  3. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (read March 2019)
  4. The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson (read June 2019)
  5. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (read June 2019)
  6. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (read July 2019)
  7. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (read July 2019)
  8. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver (read August 2019)
  9. Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman (read August 2019)
  10. Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra (read August 2019)
  11. Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian (read August 2019)
  12. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (read October 2019)


  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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