Stephanie Cotsirilos is an author, attorney, and performing artist whose work spans Broadway, Wall Street, and publication in fiction and nonfiction. She is author of the novella My Xanthi (Los Galesburg Press), anthologized essayist in the forthcoming Breaking Bread: Maine Writers on Food, Cravings, and Life (Beacon Press), and published finalist in Mississippi Review’s Prize in Fiction. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in in McSweeney’s, The New Guard, New Millennium Writings, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and in various media.
During a career in theater, film, and TV, Cotsirilos created the role of The Critic in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Nine, and wrote songs and scripts produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Writers Theatre, and other spaces. She later practiced law, contributed to Yale Law journals, and wrote enacted elections reform legislation in Maine. She was the creator, producer, director, and contributing performer in the stage version and video of Renegade Writers, a multi-arts, cross-cultural series featuring writers from Maine’s immigrant community and African diaspora. An alumna of The Writers Hotel annual Manhattan conference and the Colorado Book Festival, Cotsirilos was awarded the Patrice Krant fellowship in residence at Storyknife’s inaugural retreat for women writers in Alaska.
Born in Chicago, Cotsirilos builds on extended family legacies rooted in Greece, Peru, and China to write about memory, humor, injustice, and resilience. She now lives in Portland, Maine.