Steve Tomasula

Steve Tomasula

Professor of English

Specialty: Fiction and other narrative writing, 20th- & 21st-century literature

Degrees: MA, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Steve Tomasula is author of the novels VAS: An Opera in Flatland (University of Chicago Press); The Book of Portraiture (University of Alabama Press/FC2); IN & OZ (University of Chicago Press); and TOC: A New-Media Novel (University of Alabama Press/FC2 and App for iPad). Over fifty of his short stories have been in magazines like Bomb, McSweeneys, and The Iowa Review. A number are collected in Once Human: Stories. Critical essays on art and literature have been published internationally in journals including Leonardo, Kunstforum (Germany), and Circa (Ireland), while his essays and fiction have been included in anthologies such as Musing the Mosaic (SUNY); Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information (Routledge); Forms at War (University of Alabama Press); Not Normal, Illinois (Indiana University Press); and The Year’s Best SF (NY: Harper Collins). He has given featured readings or keynote addresses at the Universite Paris Sorbonne; The Bowery Poetry Club; KGB, Shakespeare & Company; The Library of Congress; The University of California San Diego; Brown University, and other venues. Incorporating narrative forms of all kinds—from comic books, travelogues, journalism or code to Hong Kong action movies or science reports—Tomasula’s writing has been called a ‘reinvention of the novel,’ crossing visual, as well as written genres, and drawing from science and the arts to take up themes of representation, especially how people picture each other through the languages they use. He is currently writing a novel, Ascension, which traces our relationship to nature through our depictions of it—from naturalist sketchbook to folders of genetic information. He is also editing HERE•NOW: The Anthology of Prose, Poetry, Found, Visual, E- & Other Hybrid Writings as Contemporary, Conceptual Art (U of Alabama Press).

Recent and Forthcoming Fiction and Essays

  • “Mem” in Litscapes: Collected Writings 2015. Caitlin Alvarez and Kass Fleisher eds. Normal IL: Steerage Press, 2015. pp. 371-376.
  • “Our Tools Make Us (And Our Literature) Post” in Transatlantica, Jean-Yves Pellegrin ed. 30 décembre 2014. Université Paris-Sorbonne.
  • “Nodes for a Posthuman Reading” in Théorie, Littérature, Epistémologie, (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes at Paris 8). No. 30-2013 (2014), pp. 11-25.
  • Once Human: Stories (a collection of short fiction). Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press/FC2, 2014.
  • TOC: A New-Media Novel. App for iPad Edition, 2014.
  • VAS: An Opera in Flatland. Translated as Ligatura – Un opéra en pays-plat. Anne-Laure Tissut trans. Orléans, France: Editions HYX, 2013.
  • “Art and the Aesthetics of Biology” in Meta-Life: Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts, Annick Bureaud and Roger Malina eds. Leonardo/ISAST and MIT Press, 2014.
  • “Information Design, Emergent Culture, and Experimental Form in the Novel” in The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Code and New-Media Literature” in The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. New York: Routledge, 2012.
  • “Many Makers Make Baby Post: 40 Years of Reading ‘The Babysitter’” in The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 2012.


Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2010: The Mary Shelly Award for Outstanding Fictional Work.
  • 2010: Named a Howard Fellow (deferred until 2011).


Contact Information
324 Decio Faculty Hall
(574) 631-7647

Postal address
Department of English
356 O’Shaughnessy
Notre Dame, IN 46556