Born on the coast of the Baltic Sea, Stefan Kiesbye studied
drama and worked in radio before starting a degree in American studies, English
and comparative literature at Berlin’s Free University. A scholarship brought
him to Buffalo, NY, in 1996, and he received an MFA in creative writing from
the University of Michigan. His stories, poems and essays have appeared in
numerous magazines and anthologies, and his first book, Next Door Lived a Girl,
won the Low Fidelity Press Novella Award. The German edition was a KrimiWelt
Top Ten crime novel pick for four consecutive months. The book has also been
translated into Dutch and Spanish.
Kiesbye’s second novel, Your House Is on Fire, Your Children
All Gone, was published by Penguin in 2012. It was a Top Ten pick of Oprah
Magazine, made Entertainment Weekly’s Must List, and Slate editor Dan Kois
named it one of the best books of the year. It was translated into German, and
is forthcoming from Almadia Editorial, Mexico in 2014. Both of Kiesbye’s novels
will be released by East Press, Japan.
In Spring 2014, the literary thriller Messer, Gabel, Schere,
Licht (Knife, Fork, Scissors, Flames) will be published by Tropen
See Stefan Kiesbye’s website at www.stefankiesbye.com.