Steve Cushman was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Florida. He earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida, then an M.A. from Hollins University and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His debut novel, Portisville, was the winner of the 2004 Novello Literary Award. Portisville went on to be named a Finalist for both the Independent Publisher’s Book Award in General Fiction and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in Literary Fiction.
Cushman’s short story collection, Fracture City, was published in 2008. Stories from this collection were originally published in the North American Review, 100% Pure Florida Fiction, Rosebud, Village Rambler, and the Raleigh News & Observer, among other places. His book reviews have appeared in the Greensboro News & Record, Winston-Salem Journal and Our State magazine. In 2007, he was awarded a Central Piedmont Regional Artist grant from the United Arts Council of Greensboro. For the last sixteen years, Steve has worked as an X-ray Technologist and is currently employed at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife and son.
In Fall 2010, Steve's latest novel, Heart With Joy, was published by Canterbury House Publishing, Ltd.
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Heart with Joy
by Steve Cushman
Fifteen year old Julian Hale’s life is turned upside down when his mother suddenly moves from North Carolina to Florida under the pretense of running her parents’ motel and finishing the novel she has been writing for years. While Julian has always been closer to his mother and wants to go with her, she tells him he has to stay with his father until the end of the school year.
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