stacia in a nutshell.


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.

36 thoughts on “stacia in a nutshell.

  1. Southern_Lady: thanks for stopping by and thanks for your kind words. I just stopped by your blog, too. It looks fun! :-) (Is Honey up and running again?)

  2. I just started following your blog a few weeks ago and am also inspired by it. You are very talented and through your writings I can tell you are very passionate about your writing. Keep your writing coming for those who are thirsty for good, thought provoking writing.

  3. I stumbled upon your blog last night and fell in love. I’ve only read a few posts but your thoughts and emotions resonate with me so deeply…WHOA. Keep it coming!

  4. Just discovered your blog (directed by the crew over at PB) and am riveted. Your writing is phenomenal and your journey through pregnancy is so compelling! Thanks for sharing your writing with us :)

  5. I just read your Motes and Beams article and decided to look up more of your work because that piece had my jaw on the floor. You are an amazing writer and thinker. I can’t wait to read more.

  6. Wow great Blog! I was thinking today about what happened with the girls at Bowie and their situatuion and it led me here… great piece I loved the beginning of it. I got really excited when I saw that you grew up in Bmore, so did I but in the city not the county lol. I went to Trinity also!

  7. Hi Stacia,

    I followed you here from your article on Scandal, the one about Olivia/the president and its comparisons to Sally Hemmings. This based on a google search I did for ‘Scandal Olivia Slave master’. Thank you so much for the piece – I started watching Scandal online on Friday, and though I find it entertaining, I have been basically distressed (which I realise probably sounds like an exaggeration, but still, feels true) by the ‘relationship’ between Olivia & Fitz. Same with her new relationship with Ballard. They both seem to be based on her submitting to their commands, to her being helpless and they being masterful, and (in the case of the main one), based on her being worn into submission and acquiescence, at his beck and call. And then you have the whole ‘i want painful’ – really?!

    So anyways, I realise I have blathered, and that the article was written over a year ago, and the world has long moved on, but I’m only just catching up. So thank you.

    And don’t even get me started on the sympathetic piortrayal of Huck, who just happened to use ‘enhanced interrogation’ of his own on the Charlie character, which conveniently produced the outcome he needed, and for which Charlie seems to bear him no long-term ill-will. Along with Huck’s PTSD we basically get ‘torture is really bad, unless you’re the good guys and doing it for a good reason, then it’s ok’.

    Enough – I just came by to say thank you (your article helped convince me I’m not paranoid and over-sensitive).


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