Stephen Lovely has been the Director of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio since 2005, and has led over a dozen sessions of the program for more than 1000 students. Stephen attended Kenyon College, where he majored in English, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he studied with Deborah Eisenberg, Margot Livesey, Ethan Canin, and Frank Conroy. His first novel, Irreplaceable, was published by Hyperion/Voice in 2009 and translated into German, Dutch, and Chinese. Irreplaceable received the Dana Award for the Novel and a James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award. Stephen currently lives in Iowa City with his wife and several dogs and cats. He is working on a second novel. The goatee comes and goes.