Tucson Festival of Books

Margo Steines (she/her)

Aidan Avery

A former New York homesteader, high-rise welder on a New York construction crew, and professional dominatrix, Margo Steines' life story is far more interesting than most. Fortunately, she shares that story—and reflects on lessons learned—in her new memoir, "Brutalities: A Love Story."

Steines' work has appeared in the "Modern Love" column in the New York Times, The Sun, Slate, Brevity and Off Assignment.

She now lives in Tucson, Ariz., where she teaches literary nonfiction at the University of Arizona and and works as a writing coach. 

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Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan

Scheduled events:
Workshop: Writing the Body
When we write about bodies, we write about the parts of ourselves that we all have in common. Privacy is relinquished and a common ground created, a material reality that links reader and writer. How do we do that in a way that is effective, morally and ethically sound, protective of our own mental health and dignity, and, dare to dream, profound?

Integrated Learning Center Room 141 (Seats 120, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Margo Steines
Journeys Out of Pain
Today we will hear three tales of changes caused by grief and pain in very different settings: second-chance love after loss, coping with pain and violence through wildly disparate professions, and finding new joy in a parental relationship after a major loss.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elizabeth Bernays, Margo Steines, Teresa Strasser
Moderator: Jodi Horton

Brutalities: A Love Story
A Love Story
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
W. W. Norton, Incorporated
October 2023
ISBN 9781324050872
288 pages
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