Stephanie A. Smith earned her PhD at Berkeley in 1990 and now teaches literature and women’s studies at the University of Florida. She has been committed to writing ever since she was a student of Ursula K. Le Guin and has previously written two young adult fantasy novels – Snow Eyes and The Boy Who Was Thrown Away – and an adult science fiction novel, Other Nature. She has also written two works of criticism, along with a number of essays and short stories. Her work, both critical and fictional, investigates politics, science, literature, race and gender.
Currently, her new literary trilogy, Warpaint, Baby Rocket and Content Burns is being published by Thames River Press in London. The three novels are intertwined by love and friendship, and deal with contemporary women who are struggling to balance art, love, illness and trauma. Warpaint is about three women painters who must come to terms with imminent mortality and artistic frustrations; Baby Rocket is the story of an abandoned, adopted child, who, as an adult, must heal these ruptures in her past, and Content Burns follows two women in the same family separated by three centuries, both of whom survive historical trauma: the massacre of the Pequot tribe in 1634 and the loss of the Twin Towers on 9/11.
Ms. Smith is known to be a dynamic speaker. She did some events for the “Big Read” on A Wizard of Earthsea by her former teacher Ursula K. Le Guin, and will present her own work at the Alachua Branch Library on Thursday, October 24th at 5:00pm. To learn more about Stephanie Smith, visit her website.