I'm Stephen S. Mills and I'm a poet and writer living in New York City.
I grew up in Richmond, Indiana where I discovered a love of reading and writing at an early age. I graduated from Hanover College in Southern Indiana with a major in English Literature and a minor in Art. After graduating, I attended the MFA program at Florida State University where I worked with poets David Kirby and Erin Belieu.
Since completing my MFA in 2008, my work has appeared in many journals and magazines including The Los Angeles Review, PANK, Midwestern Gothic, and The Antioch Review. In 2008 my poem "Iranian Boys Hanged for Sodomy, July 2005" won the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. I also won the Christopher Hewitt Award for Fiction for my short story "After the Cure" in 2014.
In March of 2012, my first book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices came out from Sibling Rivalry Press. The book made the contemporary poetry bestsellers list in August of 2012 and was named a finalist for the Thom Gunn Poetry Award and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.
My second book A History of the Unmarried came out from Sibling Rivalry Press in September of 2014. It was later placed on the 2015 Over the Rainbow List compiled by the American Library Association.
I have twelve years of teaching experience at the college level, but currently work in HIV prevention at Mount Sinai. I also serve as the poetry editor for Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine.
My third book Not Everything Thrown Starts a Revolution came out September 4, 2018 from Sibling Rivalry Press. It was recently placed on the 2019 Over the Rainbow List compiled by the American Library Association.