Stewart Florsheim was born in New York City, the son of a Holocaust survivor and a refugee from Hitler's Germany. He has been widely published in magazines and anthologies, and has won several awards.
Stewart was the editor of Ghosts of the Holocaust, an anthology of poetry by children of Holocaust survivors (Wayne State University Press, 1989). He wrote the poetry chapbook, The Girl Eating Oysters (2River, 2004). In 2005, Stewart won the Blue Light Book Award for The Short Fall From Grace (Blue Light Press, 2006). His collection, A Split Second of Light, was published by Blue Light Press in 2011 and received an Honorable Mention in the San Francisco Book Festival, honoring the best books published in the Spring of 2011. Stewart's new collection, Amusing the Angels, won the Blue Light Book Award in 2022.
Stewart has been awarded residencies from Artcroft and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He has held readings throughout the Bay Area, as well as in New York, Boston, London, and Jerusalem. He also teaches, writes non-fiction, and participates in KQED's Perspective series. Stewart is on the board of directors of Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay and End of Life Choices California. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife.
Author photo by Leon Borensztein