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Notebook and Pen

Stephanie J. Andersen

Writer, Teacher

I believe in the power of stories to navigate, discover, create, inspire, and connect.

About Stephanie

Storyteller at Heart

After receiving her MFA at UNC Wilmington, Stephanie J. Andersen has written extensively about motherhood and adoption as well as loss and redemption.  Sustainability has become one of her latest focuses.  

She teaches creative writing and composition at Reading Area Community College in Pennsylvania and serves her community as Volunteer Leader for Reading for 100.  Her writing life is enriched by her roles as yogi,  Zumba instructor and evolving cyclist and birdwatcher.  She lives in Blandon, Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and one chatty bird. 

Her work is Notable in the 2009 and 2015 Best American Essays and has three times been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.  Her words have appeared in Wilma! Women's Magazine; Brain, Child Magazine; Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood, & Abortion; Stoneboat Literary; The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Australia's Sydney Morning Herald, Hippocampus Magazine, Twist in Time Literary Magazine, The Sierra Club Band Literary Mama. Her work is forthcoming in Under the Gum Tree and Empty Mirror.  

"Stephanie Andersen’s nonfiction has everything I love about this genre: page-turning stories, thoughtful reflection, and unforgettable characters. She aims for the heart—and you feel it long after you finish the last sentence."

Jay Varner, author of Nothing Left to Burn

"This: But now we stood ablaze in her words with no desire to put out the flame. That’s how I feel when I read Stephanie Andersen’s prose.  I start to read, perhaps tired, perhaps distracted, and every time I am suddenly washed down a chute of emotion that takes me to both tears and hunger to feel more, in seconds.  I am grateful and challenged and inspired and devastated and several other things by the end of any of Stephanie’s pieces.  Her work doesn’t feel merely ‘literary’—it feels like the human heart pounded into an injection of words, of which you feel the prick and the rush, and you smile and weep."

Eli Hastings, author of Clearly Now, the Rain: A Memoir of Love and Other Trips

“Stephanie’s writing is honest and authentic. Woven with vivid detail and well-drawn scenes, readers will remember her stories a long time after a first—or second—reading.”


Marcelle Soviero, Editor in Chief, Brain Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers