According to my mom, I wrote my first poem — a little ditty about moonbeams — when I was four years old. Since then, I’ve written for a range of people from small business owners to multinational corporations like General Motors, Sands Casinos, Abbott Global Healthcare and Coca-Cola. My essays have appeared or will appear in publications like Christianity Today, Urban Faith magazine, and Under the Gum Tree, along with a few others.
I graduated with my Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the end of 2016. In 2013 and 2016, I was awarded the Tompkins Award for my work in creative nonfiction. Currently, I’m writing a collection of essays about memory and identity.
I live with my husband, daughter and rescue dog, Bash, in a mid-century ranch. When I’m not working, I like cooking food with unpronounceable names, listening to records, crocheting, binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy and reading Supreme Court opinions. Come say hi to me on Twitter and Instagram.
Take a look at some of my favorite published work.
The Great Physicians of Detroit - Christianity Today
Like most players on Detroit's economic stage, Covenant Community Care (CCC) arose out of community demand. Across Detroit neighborhoods, from burgeoning Midtown to the West Village Historic District, entrepreneurs rise to meet the needs and desires of their consumer base. They open restaurants and decorate storefronts, money exchanging hands to pay for lattes or handmade goods. But what happens when most of your customers can't pay? Keep reading...
Motor City Mission - Urban Faith
Is Detroit coming or going? The conventional wisdom is that the once-bustling Motor City is the epitome of a metropolis in decline, a remnant of a bygone industrial era. But for many of us who have decided to intentionally make Detroit our home, we choose to believe that the city has a future. Keep reading...
Reviving Motown - Urban Faith
Nestled in the lattice of side streets near the corner of Gratiot Avenue and Joseph Campau Street lies the vague impression of a pre-World War II Detroit. The blocks are dotted with the uninhabited homes of factory workers and other empty buildings. Every house seems to sag inward. Keep reading...
For more than 10 years, I’ve been providing magazines, small business owners, independent authors, and multi-national corporations with written content and editing services. If you’re interested in finding out more about my rates and seeing a full list of freelance offerings, I’d love to hear from you.
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Editor at large at Christianity Today magazine & author of the book "A Woman's Place"
I had a great experience working with Stefanie as a contributor to the This Is Our City project at Christianity Today. She followed the assignment well, and her writing was clean and well-researched and needed minimal editing. She was responsive to emails, and I would have happily assigned more content to her. I would recommend Stefanie for freelance reporting articles.
Associate Creative Director at MRM//McCann
Stefanie is hard-working, diligent and collaborative. She is passionate about providing thoughtful, well-written words that put the user experience at the forefront. She treats interface copy and error messaging with the same standards of excellence as the highest level brand copy, which makes her an extremely rare and valuable asset to the Digital Owner Services team.
She brings a professional grace and positive attitude into every situation, even ones that could easily be construed as unclear, unfair or overwhelming. Her work is consistently well-received by colleagues and clients alike. And she has earned the confidence and trust of the entire team.
Beyond her day-to-day assignments, Stefanie has demonstrated that she can write effective and impactful copy for other mediums. She successfully tackled video, print and email projects, learning the nuances of writing effectively for each.
Professor of English, Salem State University
I highly endorse Stefanie. She is industrious, bright, curious, trustworthy, and energetic. And she is one of the brightest that has come through The Honors College while I was director there.
Executive Director of Communications at Evangelical Covenant Church
Stefanie is an outstanding reporter and writer who brings passion and a sense of wonder to every project she takes on. From pitch to delivery, it was a joy to work with her. And yes, I'd hire her again in a heartbeat.
Publications & Awards
2018 - "Swallows of Capistrano" - Under the Gum Tree
2015 - "Dancing Partners" - The Wayne Literary Review
2013 - "Jaundice" - The Wayne Literary Review
2013 - "The Great Physicians of Detroit" - Christianity Today magazine
2013 - "The Sex Slave Next Door" - Urban Faith magazine
2012 - "Motor City Mission" - Urban Faith magazine
2011 - "Detroit's Future: From Blight to Bright" - Urban Faith magazine
2011 - "Reviving Motown" - Urban Faith magazine
2010 - "Unconditional" - Not Like Me blog
2007 - "Vijay Seshadri and the Negotiation for Bi-Cultural Identity" - Meeting of the Minds XV: University of Michigan-Flint
2004 - "The Underground Railroad Quilt Code: A History of African-American Quilting from Ancient Practices to the Civil War Times" - The Oakland Journal
Honors & Awards
2016 - Tompkins Award - 2nd Place in Nonfiction Writing category for "Night Side of Life"
2015 - Christopher T. Leland Endowed Scholarship for Creative Writing
2013 - Tompkins Award - 1st Place in Nonfiction Writing category for "Sappho's Song"
2007 - Meritorious Achievement Award
2006 - 2nd Place in Oakland University's Ekphrasis poetry content
2003 - 2nd Place in Thomson Gale's Southeastern Michigan Poetry Competition
2014 - PCA/ACA National Conference for the paper "Male Homosocial Bonding and Women of Silence in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
2011 - Oakland University Honors College Career Forum
2007 - Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Conference for the paper "Vijay Seshadri and the Negotiation of Bi-Cultural Identity"
Please reach out about writing and editing projects, freelance assignments, consulting and any other queries you might have. If you want to get in touch with me, you can message me here or via Twitter.
I'm also booking events for 2018, so send a note if you're interested in having me teach a writing seminar or speak at an event.