Stephen G. Bloom

Stephen G. Bloom teaches narrative writing at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America, Inside the Writer’s Mind, The Oxford Project (with Peter Feldstein), and Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls. He is editor and publisher of Master Shoedog Deluxe Murray is adapted from a play co-written with Brian L. Cronk.

Stories By Stephen G. Bloom

The Supreme Shoedog of North Jersey

Before strip malls and e-commerce made shoe shopping mundane, one fast-talking, chain-smoking, small-town salesman elevated footwear hustling to an art form.

Brazil’s Secret History of Southern Hospitality

After the American Civil War, some 7,000 Confederates set sail for Brazil. Their Dixie-loving descendants are one of the world's most unique micro-cultures.