Once I Was Cool was featured in Late Night Library’s Late Night Debut series. Mel Wells and Candace Opper discussed the book and interviewed me about oral storytelling, social media, literary communities and Wild Turkey.
Jennifer Niesslein at the Independent Review of Books: “Stielstra’s collection of essays combines the things I love best in writing: humor, smarts, and extraordinary insights about being human. In more specific terms, Once I Was Cool is about adulthood, with essays ranging from running into an old lover while tripping, to managing postpartum depression via a baby monitor. The first essay in it, ‘Stop Reading and Listen, inspired me to put down the book, go to my computer, and message her a completely embarrassing anecdote about my unladylike behavior at a concert, which only goes to show 1) how she’s able to make such an amazing connection to the reader, and 2) that I’m a dorky fangirl and never had any cool to lose.
I did an interview at New City.
My essay NICE is in the new issue of Story Club Magazine, both text and audio.
I have an essay in the new issue of Midnight Breakfast.
Once I Was Cool shout-out in the Sun-Times.
Once I Was Cool was listed at Bustle in some stellar company.