Jennifer Steil MFA '96

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Jennifer Steil MFA '96 recently relocated to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she is working full-time as a writer and her husband Tim is the British ambassador. Jennifer's third book, a novel called Exile Music, will be published by Viking in May 2020. The novel explores the lives of a family of Austrian Jewish musicians who seek refuge from the Nazis in Bolivia in 1938. For the past three years, she and Tim and their daughter Theadora, now 9, lived in the UK, where Jennifer taught creative writing at Bournemouth University, bartended in her local pub, wrote, and did some freelance book editing. She is also pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. Before London, Jennifer spent four years in Bolivia, four months in Jordan, and four years in Yemen. She would love to hear from fellow alumni. "And if any of you find yourselves in Central Asia, please come visit! My email is"