Deanne Stillman: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Deanne Stillman

Writer, Playwright

Deanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer, and her plays have been produced and won prizes in festivals around the country.

Her latest book is Blood Brothers, published by Simon and Schuster in fall, 2017. It’s about the strange friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill, framed by the Little Bighorn and Wounded Knee, and part of it takes place at Standing Rock. It was excerpted on Newsweek, received a starred review from Kirkus, was named a “best new history book” by Barnes and Noble, and appeared on several “best of 2017” lists including two at The Millions. Additionally, it received the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for best nonfiction.

Deanne also wrote Desert Reckoning, based on a Rolling Stone piece. It was an amazon editors’ pick, winner of the 2013 Spur Award for best western nonfiction, contemporary, and the LA Press Club Award for best nonfiction. Additionally, it received rave reviews in Newsweek (April 2015, calling Desert Reckoning “the finest of the recent wave of nonfiction books about the desert”), and many other publications. It’s currently under option for film. Her book Mustang was an LA Times "best book of the year" and was recently released in an audio edition with Wendie Malick, Anjelica Huston, Frances Fisher, Richard Portnow, and John Densmore.

She also wrote the cult classic Twentynine Palms, an LA Times "best book of the year" which Hunter Thompson called "A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer." It has been published in several editions. She's a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program. Additionally, she’s one of 24 winners of the first announced Amtrak writers residency.

Her essays have appeared in literary hub, the rumpus, the NY Times, Slate, Salon, Orion, the LA Review of Books (where she is a columnist), and elsewhere, and her work is widely anthologized.

Additionally, she’s a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside Palm-Desert Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program, where she teaches nonfiction.

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