Born on the German coast of the Baltic Sea, Stefan Kiesbye moved to Berlin in the early 1980s. He studied drama and worked in radio before starting a degree in American studies, English, and comparative literature at Berlin’s Free University. A scholarship brought him to Buffalo, New York, in 1996. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and in the Coachella Review, among others. His first book, Next Door Lived a Girl, won the Low Fidelity Press Novella Award, and has been translated into German, Dutch, and Spanish.
Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone made EW’s Must List and was named one of the best books of 2012 by Slate editor Dan Kois. It has been optioned for television by Warner Bros. The German edition of Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone was published by Tropen Verlag. It is forthcoming in Spanish from Editorial Almadia. Both books will be published in Japan by East Press.
The gothic novel Messer, Gabel, Schere, Licht (Knives, Forks, Scissors, Flames) was published by Tropen Verlag in 2014. Ars Vivendi Verlag released the The LA Noir Fluchtpunkt Los Angeles (Vanishing Point) in February 2015.
The Stakes Plains, a novella, is forthcoming from Saddle Road Press. Kiesbye teaches creative writing at Sonoma State University.