Steve Wiegenstein is the author of Slant of Light, a novel set in the Missouri Ozarks in the years before the Civil War. Slant of Light follows a group of social reformers who establish a utopian community but whose idealistic dreams quickly come up against the harshness of rural life, the tensions of slave states versus free states, and their own personal failings. Once war breaks out, the colonists are forced to come to terms with their ideals and decide what dreams must be kept and what must be let go.
Steve is the associate dean for graduate studies at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. He is a scholar of 19th-century utopian communities, particularly the Icarian communities of the U.S. He is available for guest commentaries, articles, and speaking events.