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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Megan Stielstra  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction

Born: 1975 in Alma, Michigan


Illinois Connection

Stielstra teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Megan Stielstra is the author of Everyone Remain Calm, a Chicago Tribune Favorite of 2011, and the Literary Director of Chicago’s 2nd Story storytelling series. She’s told stories for The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chicago Poetry Center, Story Week Festival of Writers, Wordstock Literary Festival, The Neo-Futurarium, Victory Gardens, Chicago Public Radio, and regularly for 2nd Story and The Paper Machete, along with all sorts of conferences and theaters and bars. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Other Voices, The Nervous Breakdown, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz, Swink, Shareable, Monkeybicycle, Hypertext, Cellstories, Perigee, Annalemma, and Punk Planet, among others, and have been performed by Theatre Seven of Chicago and Bohemian Archeology in NYC. Additionally, she's worked with students of all ages at The Goodman Theatre, Lake Forest College, CCA's Center for Art and Public Life, Columbia's Center for Teaching Excellence, and 2nd Story, and has discussed her work as a storyteller and teaching artist at Associated Writing Programs, Theatre Communications Group, Young Chicago Authors, Creative Nonfiction Week, Printer's Row, Imagining America, and the National Association of Writing in Education in The United Kingdom.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Everyone Remain Calm''''' *Chicago Tribune Favorite, 2011 '''''The Wrong Way to Save Your Life''''' *Starred Review, Kirkus, 2017 *Starred Review, Booklist, 2017