Steve Putnam lives in Western Massachusetts, in ancestral shadows of farmers, carpenters, and ice dealers. He has worked as a laborer, G.M. mechanic, framing carpenter. In the last gig as a copier tech, he worked in schools, prisons, hospitals, and a scrap yard or two. Putnam also guest-starred as a copier repairman under the corporate florescence of a large life insurance company. He often paddles marathon canoes, solo or tandem with his wife, Cynthia.
His novels “Academy of Reality,” and “Loose Horse Lost,” both made finalist lists in the 2019 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition in New Orleans. His short fiction has appeared in Carbon Culture Review online, Whiskey Island online, as well as Scribes Valley Anthologies 2018, 2019, 2020: "Seltzer Can on a Blue Tractor Painted Orange", "Lone Strangers Strawberry Patched" (novel excerpt), and “Star-Spangled Go-Kart".
A non-fiction book for parents, Nature’s Ritalin for the Marathon Mind, was published by Upper Access.