Stephen Kuusisto and family after his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Stephen Kuusisto and family after his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Stephen Kuusisto and HarleyABOUT: Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is StephenKuusisto.com.

14 thoughts on “About”

  1. Have read two of your books, just finished Planet of the Blind, Have Dog Will Travel is next! Love, love your books, your writing, your dogs! You’re pretty cool too. Everyone should read your books. I’m appalled at the pettiness and meanness some people have shown you. Keep on truckin”!


  2. Just completed “Have Dog, Will Travel” and must say it was the most magnificent love letter to a dog, Corky, I’ve ever read. You depict the wonderful professionalism, emotions and loyalties dog display (service-worthy or not). Through your entire story, I was kissing, petting and affirming my dog. She may not be a service animal per se, but she has been solidly there for me. Thank you for sharing your personal story with the rest of us. It is uplifting to all.


  3. Steve, I heard you speak in Richmond, and was entertained and impressed, but then I read your beautiful book and was deeply inspired by your skill with words and how clearly your love and devotion to your dog is expressed. Thank you! Kim


  4. Just finished Have /Dog, Will Travel which I picked up since Guiding Eyes is an organization I have supported for the past 18 years. Then I read where you had attended Iowa Writer’s Workshop which blew me away since I live in Iowa City. Hope you have done readings at Prairie Lights. Loved the book and the information. Of course, loved Corky! Thank you for the book.


  5. Thank you so much for your newest book. My sister sent me copy as a gift, and I’ve ordered another copy for a friend. I raise puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. You perfectly captured our role in the process. The copy I bought is going to a fellow raiser who is still trying to get her heart in the right place after watching her first pup graduate. I believe your story will help her enormously. Again, thank you.


  6. Dear Stephen,
    I just finished your book “Have Dog Will Travel”. My 32 year old son received an assistance dog 4 years ago. I often say to my friends that the dog has been a life changing experience for my son. Words have always seemed inadequate to describe the meaning of this dog to my son and to our entire family. Your book has articulated how these amazing dogs change peoples lives. Thank you so much.


  7. I am very interested in a large-print edition of your poetry. I have many visually-impaired friends who are comfortable with large-print. Thank you for your poetry and your journey.


  8. Dear Stephen,
    I have never written an author fan letter before, but I have to say something! I purchased Have Dog Will Travel from Bookshop Santa Cruz Friday night and finished it Saturday morning. Now I am on the subway in San Francisco, fresh from the library, and I am immersed in Planet of the Blind. Your writing is so so so beautiful. Thank you for what you do. Isabelle


  9. Just finished have dog, will travel. As a puppy raiser for guiding eyes i found it very interesting, and it was encouraging to me to read how much our time, love and dedication to these pups really does change lives. I am grateful that you chose to share your journey with us.


  10. Thank you for all you do — i just reposted your superb interview with THE BARK — https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201803/qa-stephen-kuusisto-author-have-dog-will-travel

    all best wishes, marc (marcbekoff.com; Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do (March 2018, University of Chicago Press)


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