Megan Stielstra

Illinois, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Megan Stielstra is the author of three collections: The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, Once I Was Cool, and Everyone Remain Calm. Her work appears in the Best American Essays, New York Times, Poets & Writers, Guernica, Catapult, Buzzfeed Reader, PANK, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. A longtime company member with 2nd Story, she has told stories for National Public Radio, Radio National Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Neo-Futurarium, and regularly with The Paper Machete live news magazine at The Green Mill. She teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University.










Twitter Username: @meganstielstra


  • The Wrong Way to Save Your Life , Harper Perennial (August 2017)
  • Once I Was Cool , Curbside Splendor (May 2014)
  • Everyone Remain Calm , Joyland/ECW (October 2011)


  • Artist in residence, Creative Nonfiction at Northwestern University (September 2017 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction