A Brief Bio…

Professor Stephen Kuusisto, who has been blind since birth, is the author of “Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening” and the acclaimed memoir “Planet of the Blind”, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”. He has also published “Only Bread, Only Light“, a collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press.

Recognized by the New York Times as “a powerful writer with a musical ear for language and a gift for emotional candor,” Steve has made numerous appearances on programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, National Public Radio and the BBC.

A graduate of the “Writer’s Workshop” at the University of Iowa, and a Fulbright Scholar, Steve holds the position of director of the Renée Crown University Honors Program at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship in the Center on Human Policy. He speaks widely on diversity, disability, education, and public policy. His essays and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines including Harper’s’ The New York Times Magazine; Poetry; and Partisan Review. He is currently working on a collection of prose poems for Copper Canyon Press entitled “Mornings With Borges” as well as a memoir about life with guide dogs which will be published by Simon and Schuster.

Kuusisto’s essays and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines including:

  • Harper’s
  • The New York Times Magazine
  • Poetry
  • The Bark
  • Partisan Review
  • The Washington Post Magazine

He has appeared on:

  • The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Dateline NBC
  • The Leeza Gibbons Show
  • The BBC
  • The Voice of America
  • “Talk of the Nation” on National Public Radio
  • Animal Planet
  • The Arts & Entertainment Network

Steve speaks widely on diversity, disability, education, and public policy.