Steve Wiegenstein


Steve Wiegenstein is the author of Scattered Lights (2020), a collection of short stories. He also has written three historical novels: The Language of Trees (2017), This Old World (2014), and Slant of Light (2012). Scattered Lights was named by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as one of its 25 favorite books of 2020. Steve grew up in the Ozarks, the setting for his books, and worked there as a newspaper reporter before entering the field of higher education. An avid hiker and canoer, he returns to his home region every chance he gets; he also writes and blogs about rural and Ozarks issues at He has taught journalism, English, and communication for a number of colleges and universities during his career, but is now retired from teaching and writes full-time.

Finalist for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

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