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Stefanie Brook Trout

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in Greenville, Michigan, The United States
January 17, 1985

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Stefanie Brook Trout is a native Michigander and an editor for Ice Cube Press. She published Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland with Lance M. Sacknoff and Xavier Cavazos in 2014 and is now working on Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America with Taylor Brorby.

Stefanie has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University as well as degrees from the University of Michigan and Marian University.

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Stefanie Brook Trout I write something else! I always have several projects going on at once, so if I hit a dead end with one, I just change gears. A lot of times, that…moreI write something else! I always have several projects going on at once, so if I hit a dead end with one, I just change gears. A lot of times, that means changing genres, which helps me a lot.

Also, I remind myself that it's just a draft. Usually "writer's block" is just me being a perfectionist. I know what I want to say, I just don't know how best to say it yet.

The bottom line is that I don't stop writing. You have to keep the momentum going.(less)
Stefanie Brook Trout If there is one piece of advice, I would give all aspiring writers, it’s to read as much as you can. I’ve learned a lot from being in an MFA program,…moreIf there is one piece of advice, I would give all aspiring writers, it’s to read as much as you can. I’ve learned a lot from being in an MFA program, but you don’t need a degree in writing in order to write well. You just need to read. A lot. Cancel your cable service and use that money to buy books. Then use the time you would have spent watching TV to actually read them. Read for pleasure, but if you like what you’re reading, slow down and think about what makes it work.(less)
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IMG_0495Here are a couple photos from our Aprilevent at Lansing’s Everybody Reads. Sorry about the quality; we did have a professional photographer attend our Creston Wellness Center event, and I hope to share the photos from that soon.


Here also are a few more dates for upcomingFracturereadingsin Michigan. As always, they are free and open to the public!


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“Here I find the true nature of the tree - not in the bulk of its shape but in the way its form alters my vision of the world.”
Stefanie Brook Trout, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland

“I prefer to get fat on honey.”
Stefanie Brook Trout, Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland

“We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
Anaïs Nin

“Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books.”
Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.”
Galileo Galilei

“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

“My wish is that you may be loved to the point of madness.”
André Breton, What is Surrealism?: Selected Writings

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