Jennifer Steil



Jennifer Steil




Fiction, Women's Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Jewish Fiction, Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir and Biography, Coming-of-Age, Audiobook

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Jennifer Steil is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in many countries (currently Uzbekistan/France/UK). Her new novel, Exile Music, released by Viking in May, has received terrific reviews, including a starred Booklist review, and was chosen by Good Morning America as one of the 25 Novels You’ll Want to Read This Summer. It is a finalist for the Eyelands 2020 Book Awards, and was chosen by Art in Fiction as one of the best novels about art in 2020, and by Book Authority as one of 16 Best New Music Books to Read in 2021.

Her previous novel, The Ambassador’s Wife, won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Best Novel award and the Phillip McMath Post Publication book award. It was shortlisted for both the Bisexual Book Award and the Lascaux Novel Award. The novel has received much acclaim, notably in the Seattle TimesPublishers Weekly, Booklist, and The New York Times Book Review. Jennifer’s first book, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (Broadway Books, 2010), a memoir about her time as editor of the Yemen Observer newspaper in Sana’a, was hailed by The New York TimesNewsweek, and the Sydney Morning Herald.



Winner, 2018 Creative Nonfiction Award, Words and Music Writing Competition, for “The Braille Machine”

Winner, 2016 Phillip McMath Post Publication book award for The Ambassador’s Wife

Winner, Best Novel, 2013 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, for The Ambassador’s Wife

Finalist, Bisexual Book Award for Fiction 2015, for The Ambassador’s Wife

Finalist, Lascaux Novel Prize 2015, for The Ambassador’s Wife

Residency and Bursary, Hosking Houses Trust, England, November 2020

Residency, Craigardan Writers Residency, Keene, NY, Oct-Nov 2017 & August 2018

Residency, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska April-May 2017

Residency, Writers Omi at Ledig House, Ghent, NY, April 25-May 15, 2014

Residency, Willapa Bay, Washington, July 2014

Residency, The Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program, Woodstock, NY June/July 2013

Residency, Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Assisi, Italy, April 2013

Consultant/Speaker, A Room of Her Own Women’s Writing Retreat, August 2013, New Mexico

First Place, Specialty Reporting Portfolio, the New Jersey Press

Association’s 1998 Better Newspaper Contest

First Place (staff award), Lloyd P. Burns Memorial Award for Public

Service, for the series “Heroin: A Clear and Present Danger, ” the New

Jersey Press Association’s 1998 Better Newspaper Contest

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Exile Music 

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The Ambassador’s Wife

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The Woman Who Fell From the Sky

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