Roxane Gay blurbed my book and I nearly died: “In Once I Was Cool, Megan Stielstra is warm and open and wise. Whether she’s writing about the complex loneliness of early motherhood or failing to rise to the occasion or find the right language while living abroad, Stielstra is a masterful essayist. From the first page to the last, she demonstrates a graceful understanding of the power of storytelling. What she’s truly offering with her words, is the grandest of gifts.”

I wrote a bit for the Great Lakes Review about growing up in small towns, screaming at trains, and trying to heal.

I contributed to The Writing Life, a handbook of video interviews with all sorts of awesome people including Jane Hamilton, Audrey Niffenegger, Jay Bonansinga, Mort Castle, Stephanie Kuehnert, Joe Meno, Isaac Fitzgerald, and many more. In this section we talk about keeping your ass in the chair.

Lovely write-up at Chicago Literati about the 2nd Story kick-off show for the Story Week Festival of Writers: “And we stood there, like we were in a church, like we were going to tear apart if we didn’t keep holding on, and the tears rolled down my cheeks. This is 2nd Story’s power, distilled. This is what happens when you tell your story. This is what happens when people listen.”