Stephanie Schroeder

Photograph by Maeghan Donohue

Current Projects

As a teenager growing up in rural Wisconsin, I worked on a local produce farm. My farmer-employer’s statement that I would be “pickin’ plantin’ and plowin’ pickles and eating pole beans right off the stalk” for the rest of my life inspired me to leave the Midwest and make my way to New York City to live my dream of being a writer.

I became a freelance writer and activist in NYC, and some of my writing has been anthologized in the classic queer anthology "That's Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation”, the Lambda Literary Award-nominated anthology, "Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage", and "Easy to Love, But Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories.” My journalism has been featured in The Guardian, Brooklyn Magazine, Lambda Literary Review, Curve Magazine, Healthline, The Brooklyn Paper, and many other outlets. I have also told stories at, and curated installments of, the LGBT storytelling series Queer Memoir. I am currently working on a co-written volume on suicide prevention and postvention in LGBTQ communities.

My memoir, Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide, was published in 2012 by Creative Evolution Press. In 2019, Oxford University Press will publish the anthology I co-edited, HEADCASE: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness.

Selected Works

"A deeply personal account of the difficulties faced by people suffering from mental illness.” ~Publishers Weekly
Takeover of inner-city areas by affluent outsiders 'is a concern everywhere’
An unexpected surprise came along with my apartment exchange...
Why We Need to Talk About Our Fear of Death
The sexy crooner goes country, moves uptempo and reminds us why we still constantly crave her.
k.d. lang and her pursuit of happiness