Stuart’s novel Jenny in Corona is due September 2019 from Tortoise Books. His next book, What it Takes, seeks representation.

His writing appears in Bull Men’s Fiction, Diagram, Eclectica Magazine, Funhouse Magazine, Gaper’s Block, HTML Giant, Necessary Fiction, Pioneertown, The Awl, The Fanzine, The Good Men Project, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and other places.

Stuart is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has been a resident of the Ragdale Foundation. He has served as an assistant for several magazines, including Make Magazine and Pioneertown. He won first place in the Summer Literary Seminars 2013 Creative Non-Fiction contest. A native New Yorker, Stuart graduated from Queens College, City University of New York and the Creative Writing program at the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood with his wife Betsy and their son, Leonard.



I See Him – short fiction about a woman with two more chances.



Seen too much – an essay about seeing Julius Caesar at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, written aboard the Amtrak Blue Water. Ander Monson picked this essay as first place winner in the 2013 SLS Contest, which won Stuart a trip to Vilnius, Lithuania.


Essays and Fiction

Markson’s Pier – a novella in the style of David Markson, co-authored with David Ewald.


Gaper’s Block

Jazz, Aerophones & Telepathic Empathy – a conversation with jazz musician and Pitchfork Music Festival organizer Dave Rempis.

Jazz Speak with Mike Reed – a conversation with jazz musician Mike Reed.

Destroyer inspires at Old Town School – a concert review inspired by Dan Bejar’s solo show.

A Conversation with Julia Klein – an interview with the founder and editor of Soberscove Press.

A Chat with Hospitality – an interview with the Brooklyn-based indie-rock trio.

Amy Schumer Jazzes up Constellation – a comic walks into a free jazz club…


The Good Men Project

The Second Happiest Day of my Life – an essay about weddings.


Funhouse Magazine

Minimum Pageshort fiction of a lifetime.


HTML Giant

Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011 of Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee – a book review.

Memories of Underdevelopment – an essay on the Cuban novel and film.

New Tab – book review of Gulliamme Morisette’s novel.


Maudlin House

Three on a Spit – short fiction about three lovers who meet up in New York City for one last fling.



A Soviet Communion – a short essay on one of Stuart’s Lithuania/n experiences. An Editor’s Pick.


Necessary Fiction

Crepuscule W/ Nellie  – a book review of Joe Milazzo’s novel.



Martial Plans – short fiction about killing your wife and having to settle for killing her dog.


RIC Journal

Formation 100 – blocking and tackling.


The Stockholm Review of Literature

On the sleeve at your local Starbucks – a poem for people who order tall blondes and then mutter to themselves, “if she’ll have me.”


Squwak Back

Homie and the Wolf – short fiction about lovers grown apart.


(The) Awl

Are we ever going to see Spring Breakers this weekend – a short play inspired by the long film.

Did you eat the bones? – this piece explores how a vegetarian experiences a Kentucky Fried Chicken (NYSE: YUM $40B) Twitter (Nasdaq: TWTR $24B) advertisement.


The Fanzine

Pret a Manger Plastic Death Fugue – a dystopian vision of everyday life at the elegant fast-casual chain.


Vol. 1 Brooklyn

What’s a Travel Essay? – this piece is about a drive from Montreal to Burlington with Stuart’s friend Chris.


Windy City Rock

Beach Fossils at Subterranean  – a concert review of the indie-rock band’s show.

An interview with Dirty Beaches – Q&A with the Berlin-based electronic musician.

Dinosaur Bones Q&A – an interview with indie-rockers from Toronto.