Steven Salvatore is a writer of young adult fiction, educator, and activist who loves glitter beards and spends most of his 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, with his mom who was pretty much Wonder Woman. 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 freshman writing courses, creative writing, and fun English classes like Graphic Novel and Writing Children’s Lit. 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, Parks and Recreation, Schitt’s Creek, The Good Place, Grey’s Anatomy, and/or Glee, and planning their next major international vacation.
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 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
- 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 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: 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:
- Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi (read January 2019)
- Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (read February 2019)
- Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (read March 2019)
- The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson (read June 2019)
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (read June 2019)
- Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (read July 2019)
- What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (read July 2019)
- I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver (read August 2019)
- Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman (read August 2019)
- Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra (read August 2019)
- Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian (read August 2019)