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 green pole beans right off the stalk” for the rest of my life inspired me to leave the Midwest and make my way to NYC to live my dream of being a writer.

A freelance writer and activist based in New York City, my writing has been anthologized in the classic queer anthology, "That's Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation”, included in the Lambda-Literary Award-nominated anthology, "Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage" as well as the collection, "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, BrickUnderground, and many other outlets. I have told stories at, and curated installments of, the NYC-based LGBT storytelling series Queer Memoir and was the featured creative non-fiction editor for Iris Brown Lit Magazine’s debut issue. 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
Creative inspiration from blind American Indian artist Sacheen Smith.
The sexy crooner goes country, moves uptempo and reminds us why we still constantly crave her.
k.d. lang and her pursuit of happiness