Stefanie Brook Trout is a Michigan writer and poet. Her work explores the dynamic interactions between people and their surroundings, including social and built environments as well as the ecosphere. She is an editor of Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland (2014 with Lance Sacknoff and Xavier Cavazos) and Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (2016 with Taylor Brorby) – both by Ice Cube Press. Stefanie’s work has been featured in Safe to Chew: An Anthology, The Writing Disorder, Festival Writer, and other publications.
Visit the Pubs page for a mostly complete list of Stefanie’s publication credits.
Stefanie was the 2013 Environmental Writing Fellow at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University in 2015. She also has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University in Indianapolis (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (2007), where she focused on history and the environment.
While at Iowa State, Stefanie taught English 150 and 250 and received a Teaching Excellence Award from the Graduate College for this work. As part of an internship in teaching creative writing, she facilitated creative writing workshops for English 207 as well as the Creative Writing Club at Ames High School. She also worked as a communications research assistant for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and edited nonfiction for Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment.
Read an interview with Stefanie in the “Meet the Editors” series of Flight Patterns, the Flyway blog.
Also in Iowa, Stefanie served as the MFA student coordinator for the Everett Casey Nature Center and Reserve, the coordinator of the Bluff Creek Bee Club, and the treasurer of AgArts – an organization that explores the intersection of agriculture and the arts. She was an affiliate of the Science Communication Project at Iowa State University and a member of the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences as well as the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
Stefanie has spoken at numerous conferences on pedagogy, publishing, and environmental writing. Prior to Iowa State, Stefanie was an Indianapolis Teaching Fellow and an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow in Indiana. She taught Special Education English and science for Indianapolis Public Schools for three years.
Since completing her MFA in 2015, Stefanie has returned home to Michigan, where she continues to teach, write, and read a lot. As a teacher, she serves on the Professional Study Committee for teachers of high school English, working to develop relevant, culturally-responsive curriculum. Stefanie is a member of the Michigan Council for Teachers of English, the Michigan Reading Association, and the Chippewa River Writing Project, and she holds leadership positions in her local branch of the National Education Association, the largest labor union in the United States. Stefanie co-founded an after-school Creative Writing Club and continues to facilitate this extra-curricular group.
Stefanie is at various stages in multiple ongoing writing projects, including a novel, a memoir, and a multi-genre collection of environmental writing. She reviews literary journals for The Review Review and has been a book reviewer for Orion Magazine. Stefanie enjoys connecting with other writers, readers, and teachers at conferences and online.
Visit the Connect page for links to Stefanie’s active social media pages.