Biography

Max Stephan’s writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, the Cimarron Review, Slipstream, the Broad River ReviewAppalachiaBlueline, the Lyric, Kestrel, the Potomac Review, the Louisiana Review, the Rockhurst Review and the New Mexico Review. Stephan teaches at Niagara University, specializing in Contemporary American Poetry; runs a poetry series on campus entitled “Western New York Poets”; and hosts “Second Stage Writers” – a monthly reading in the City of Buffalo, bringing together both young and established voices.

On the academic side, for the past 20 years Stephan has been piloting the most comprehensive textual criticism of poet Mary Oliver to date (see “Research” page). The core of his research is based on genetic criticism: not “final” texts, but the reconstruction and analysis of the writing process leading toward final texts. This process includes the systematic archaeological gathering of Oliver’s work (journal publications, notes, drafts, manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, etc.); followed by the archival process of documenting and analyzing Oliver’s original journal publications as far back as the 1950’s. Stephan’s ever-growing compilation of artifacts (500+) is the largest private collection of its kind nationwide.

Recent Awards/Recognition:
Fellowship at Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
Finalist in the 2018 Rash Award for Poetry Contest
Finalist in the 2018 Comstock Chapbook Contest
Finalist in the 2018 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest

Recent Readings:
11 January 2019: Pen Parentis Literary Salon at the Killarney Rose (Manhattan, NY).
13 October 2018: Slipstream Press Celebration and Reading (Niagara Falls, NY).
22 September 2018: Kestrel Issue 39 Celebration and Reading (Fairmont, WV)