Megan Stielstra


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Megan Stielstra is the author of the essay collection Once I Was Cool. Her work is included in The Best American Essays 2013, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, PANK, Other Voices, f Magazine, Make Magazine, Joyland, Pindeldyboz, Swink, and elsewhere, and her story collection, Everyone Remain Calm, was a Chicago Tribune Favorite of 2011. She’s the Literary Director of the critically-acclaimed 2nd Story storytelling series and has told stories for all sorts of theaters, festivals, and bars including the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Museum of Contemporary Art, Neo-Futurarium, Chicago Public Radio, and regularly for The Paper Machete live news magazine at The Green Mill. Currently, she teaches writing and performance at Columbia College Chicago and ser ...more

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The Wrong Way to Save Your ...

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Once I Was Cool: Personal E...

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Everyone Remain Calm

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Epic Encounters: Culture, M...

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Briefly Knocked Unconscious...

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Soul Mate 101 and Other Ess...

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Retro Vol. 1 No. 2: Selecti...

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Gamut Magazine: Issue Six

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“I could’ve said a thousand things in that moment, and all of them would’ve been true. I’d like to travel—Florence and Thailand and Prague. I’d like to write books. I’d like to fall in love a thousand times. Live hard and desperate and full, my pulse pounding like a bass drum. And when I wake up one morning suddenly, surprisingly, a grown-up, I’d like to be sure in the knowledge that I enjoyed it. Every fucking second.”
Megan Stielstra, Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays

“At some point, our education no longer belongs to our teachers. It belongs to us.”
Megan Stielstra, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays

“*  *  * If this information is new to you, don’t worry. It was to me, too. This is why Jesus gave us Google.”
Megan Stielstra, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life: Essays

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