Stewart Florsheim


Piedmont, CA 94611

Author's Bio

Stewart Florsheim was born in New York City, the son of a Holocaust survivor and a refugee from Hitler's Germany. He has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and has won several awards.

Stewart was the editor of Ghosts of the Holocaust, an anthology of poetry by children of Holocaust survivors (Wayne State University Press, 1989). He wrote the poetry chapbook, The Girl Eating Oysters (2River, 2004). In 2005, Stewart won the Blue Light Book Award for The Short Fall From Grace (Blue Light Press, 2006). His collection, A Split Second of Light, was published by Blue Light Press in 2011 and received an Honorable Mention in the San Francisco Book Festival, honoring the best books published in the Spring of 2011. Stewart's new collection, Amusing the Angels, won the Blue Light Book Award in 2022.

Stewart has been awarded residencies from Artcroft and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He has held readings throughout the Bay Area, as well as in New York, Boston, London, and Jerusalem. He also writes non-fiction and participates in KQED's Perspective series. Stewart is on the board of directors of  Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay and End of Life Choices California. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife.

Publications & Prizes

NYC from the Inside: NYC through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here (Blue Light Press, 2022)
Fog and Light: San Francisco through the Eyes of the Poets Who Live Here (Blue Light Press, 2021)
Pandemic Puzzle Poems (Blue Light Press, 2021)
River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century (Blue Light Press, 2015)
The Great American Poetry Show (Great American Poetry Show, 2004)
Bittersweet Legacy (American University Press, 2001)
And What Rough Beast (Ashland Poetry Press, 1999)
Unsettling America (Viking/Penguin, 1994)
Amusing the Angels (Blue Light Press, 2023)
A Split Second of Light (Blue Light Press, 2011)
The Short Fall From Grace (Blue Light Press, 2006)
The Girl Eating Oysters (2River, 2004)
Ghosts of the Holocaust (Wayne State University Press, 1989)
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88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry
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Full Circle
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Psychological Perspectives
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Seattle Review
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Blue Light Book Award: 2006 and 2022

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Jewish, White
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Last update: Dec 01, 2022