Stefanie Brook Trout is a native Michigander and writer of all genres. 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 Ice Cube Press’s 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 with Taylor Brorby (2016).
Stefanie was an Environmental Writing Fellow at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory and received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. She also has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University in Indianapolis and a Bachelor’s from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, 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.
Stefanie served as the MFA student coordinator for the Everett Casey Nature Center and Reserve and the coordinator of the Bluff Creek Bee Club. She was also the treasurer of AgArts, a student organization that explores the intersection of agriculture and the arts. She is 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 as well as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow and taught Special Education English and science for Indianapolis Public Schools.
Since finishing her MFA, Stefanie has returned home to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she continues to teach, write, edit, read a lot, and review literary journals for The Review Review. She is at various stages in a number of writing projects. Her first novel, Call It Eden, will be published by Ice Cube Press in 2017.