Stacia was born in Lansing, MI. She grew up in Baltimore, MD–the county, not the city. (Only other Baltimoreans will truly understand why it’s necessary to make that distinction. Everyone else just keeps asking if she lived by where they used to film The Wire, then gets genuinely bummed out when she says no.) She graduated from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in DC, with a BA in English that didn’t really help her land any jobs. (Don’t let them hype you on college as a golden ticket to employment, kids, because… not so much.) She worked a few office gigs and got some pieces published in niche print and online periodicals (all non-fiction. Book reviews and Q&As, that kind of thing).
At 27, she finished an MFA in fiction at Sarah Lawrence College. She is an adjunct writing professor and barely remembers her name by the end of the day, let alone all her email addresses, passwords, and office/classroom keys.
At various turns, she’s written for HuffPost PostBourgie, The Backlist, Black Issues Book Review, inReads, The Loop 21, Clutch magazine, and Mosaic Magazine. Her work has been featured at The Daily Beast, The Root, The Grio, Racialicious, and Salon. Right now, she writes wherever she’s invited (and paid).
In 2007, she won the Zora Neale Hurston-Bessie Head Fiction Award for a short story titled, “A Revolution Like Vinyl.” Her short story, “Be Longing,” was selected for publication in It’s All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates, Family, and Friends (Doubleday/Harlem Moon 2009), edited by Marita Golden. Her short story, “Shhh,” was featured at Union Station Magazine and subsequently nominated for the 2011 Dzanc Best of the Web anthology. Her poem, “Combat,” appears in Reverie: Midwest African American Literature. She will also be published in the upcoming anthology, Laboring On: Testimony, Theory & Transgressions of Black Mothering in Academia.
Stacia recently appeared on the newly launched HuffPost Live, to discuss an issue critical to the black community: mental health.
She has also founded an online community dedicated to issues specific to single mothers of color: Beyond Baby Mamas. Occasionally, she hosts a live webcast featuring a guest panel who’ll discuss a variety of topics of interest to minority unmarried mothers. Her work on single motherhood can be read in The Atlantic and heard on NPR’s The Takeaway and Tell Me More. To join the Beyond Baby Mamas community, like the Facebook page, subscribe to the YouTube channel, and follow on Twitter and Tumblr.
She resides with her amazing daughter, Story, in Baltimore, Maryland.