Steve began his post-college career as a banker in New York City, but it didn’t take long for him to realize that banking was not and never could be his life. After completing graduate school in Chicago, he took a job with a small publishing company in Denver, Sundance Publications. When Sundance moved to Silverton, Colorado in the spring of 1976 he relocated to the San Juan Mountains. Six years later, Sundance moved back to Denver but having found a home in the mountains Steve decided to stay. In 1987, he moved downriver to Durango.
During that time he worked in the Sunnyside Mine as an electrician, on a rough-country surveying crew, as a ski instructor in the ski school at Purgatory Ski Area and for 25 years he was a fly fishing guide on the staff of Duranglers Flies and Supplies.
Through all of that, Steve was also working as a photographer and writer. As a photographer, he was represented by the Alonzo Gallery in New York and his work also appeared as illustrations in various publications and in juried shows across the country. His published writing includes numerous articles in magazines and journals. For many years, his monthly column, Home Water, appeared in Inside Outside Southwest Magazine. His books include On Seeing Nature, Lime Creek Odyssey, Streamside Reflections, The Nature of Fly Fishing, Notes from the San Juans and San Juan River Chronicle.
In January of 2000, Steve joined the English department faculty at Fort Lewis College where he is a Senior Lecturer. He teaches writing courses in creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction and media writing along with an academic class in semantics.
In 1981 he was the Colorado Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Honored Artist. The Colorado Council on the Arts/Western States Arts Foundation awarded him a CoVisions Grant in 1992. And he was the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Colorado Journeys featured author in both 1996 and 2004.
Steve lives in Durango, Colorado with his wife Debbie and their two English setters, Quinn and Panda.