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. Kiesbye now lives in Portales, NM, where he teaches Creative Writing at Eastern New Mexico University. His stories and poems have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, and 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 this spring. The LA Noir Fluchtpunkt Los Angeles (Vanishing Point) is forthcoming from ars vivendi verlag this October.