Steven Corey is both an author and professor, having served the Georgia Review since 1983 in various capacities including assistant editor. Since then he has written many essays and poems for publication within its pages.
Corey has appeared at numerous Bluegrass and Classic Country festivals nationwide. Additionally, he has recorded two albums that showcase his unique sound.
Early Life and Education
Corey Byler Rew has written several books, such as Startled at the Big Sound: Essays Personal, Literary and Cultural (Mercer University Press), as well as individual poems, essays and reviews. Additionally, he is a contributor for several magazines and newspapers and currently practices law at Corey Byler & Rew LLLP to assist clients with Estate Planning & Probate matters.
He was an accomplished blues guitarist, earning comparisons to both Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. Corey released several albums during his lifetime – among them, Road to Zen from 1995.
As Olivet College’s 27th President, he has engaged the community in an ambitious process to determine its path into the next decade. Passionate about leadership development, he initiated both President’s Leadership Institute and Employee Leadership Academy programs at Olivet.
Steven Corey currently serves as Dean and Professor of History in Columbia College Chicago’s School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), joining in 2012 as both professor and chair of its Department of Humanities, History, and Social Science. Prior to that he taught at Worcester State University in Massachusetts as well as Yeshiva University in New York City.
His research interests encompass waste management, urban history, public history and social history. He served as research curator for the groundbreaking exhibition Garbage! The History and Politics of Trash in New York City at Gottesman Exhibition Hall at New York Public Library (1994-95), wrote numerous articles and even a book related to this topic; additionally he served on the board for Southside Community Land Trust of Providence Rhode Island from 2007-2011.
Achievement and Honors
Corey has traveled around the globe giving guitar clinics and concerts. Additionally, his work for Mel Bay Publications’s recording division allowed him to develop products while meeting some of the top musicians in his industry.
Since his appointment as president of Olivet College, Corey has engaged the local community in an inclusive process of charting its future direction. Furthermore, he has demonstrated his strong dedication to local life through the launch of ONE Olivet Initiative which recognizes that an effective college relies on having an engaged local environment.
Corey’s music takes audiences on an unforgettable musical journey, remaining true to jazz while remaining bluesy and gritty enough for wider appeal. His debut on Origin Records – Roll With It – received widespread acclaim.
Corey has not only worked at the university, but is also actively engaged in local politics and community affairs. He has contributed his expertise in environmental projects to several initiatives as well as conference speeches on waste management.
Corey is also an accomplished writer, having published several books. America’s Urban History was widely lauded for its contribution to our understanding of American history, while other works such as essays and poems he has written earned national acclaim.
He currently works for Corey Byler & Rew, L.L.P and specializes in Estate Planning & Probate matters. As a dedicated and hardworking individual, he has had an immense positive influence in many lives.
Corey is an esteemed social media influencer with an enormous following on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok. Sharing dance and comedy videos as well as selling merchandise through these platforms are part of his repertoire.
He has amassed an estimated net worth of 200 thousand dollars largely through merchandise sales and content production on YouTube and other platforms, such as TikTok where he has amassed an immense fan base with over three million followers.
He is an insider at Saul Centers Inc, trading several times of its stock. Most recently he exercised 3,750 units of BFS stock on 20 August 2018. Overall he has 16 trading histories with Saul Centers Inc.