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M. G. Stephens

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Washington, D.C.

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Lives in

Works in
Chicago / London

University of Essex (UK), 2006, PhD
Yale University, 1979, MFA
City College of New York, 1976, BA/MA

collage, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, performance, drama, mixed-media, pop, realism, performance, surrealism, modern, traditional, abstract, graffiti/street-art, figurative, exhibition/performance


Born in Washington, DC to an Irish father and an American mother, M. G. Stephens (Michael Gregory Stephens), grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island in a very large family that he has often written about in my creative writing. He has lived for the past 12 years in London, but has been staying in Chicago more recently.

Recent shows of his work have included two exhibitions of his collages in Chicago at Bagel Art and The Other Brother, both in Evanston. These were exhibitions of his collage work, which is the medium he works in exclusively of late.

He also published eighteeen books, including the novels Season at Coole and The Brooklyn Book of the Dead; two essay collections, Green Dreams and The Dramaturgy of Style; and two memoirs, Lost in Seoul and Where the Sky Ends. His play Our Father ran on Theatre Row (42nd Street) in New York City for over five years, and has been produced around the world, including twice in London.

Stephens has a PhD from the University of Essex in Colchester, England, as well as the MFA from Yale University and the BA and MA from the City College of New York. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia, NYU, Alfred, Emerson, and the University of London, among other institutions.

His collages use French clairefontaine and Italian Fabriano papers, and often he incorporates his bills into the collages too. He has also done a series of boxing collages that will be included with the publication of his novel Kid Coole, about a lightweight boxing looking for a championship fight as well as chronicling the multicultural world we live in today; this novel and the collages will be published serially by the Brooklyn Rail magazine later this year.

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