Stephanie Anderson writes works of literary journalism, narrative nonfiction, and literary fiction. Her writing often focuses on agriculture, food, the environment, the farmer identity, personal relationships, and animals. Having grown up on a cattle ranch in South Dakota, Stephanie is particularly interested in the prairie and rural life.
Stephanie’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, Kudzu House Quarterly, The Chronicle Review, Sweet, and others. Her essay “Greyhound” won the 2016 Payton James Freeman Essay Prize from The Rumpus, Drake University, and the Freeman family. Her short story “The Wickedest Thing They Ever Saw” was a finalist for the 2014 Devil’s Lake Annual Driftless Prize in Fiction. Her essay “Winter” won the 2013 Aisling Award in Nonfiction from Coastlines.
Her first book, a work of nonfiction on regenerative agriculture, is forthcoming with University of Nebraska Press.
Stephanie holds an MFA in creative nonfiction (2015) from Florida Atlantic University. She is an instructor at FAU teaching composition, literary interpretation, professional writing, and creative writing. Stephanie has in the past worked as a writer and photographer for a humanitarian aid organization, traveling to developing countries to gather personal stories from aid recipients. She also served as special sections editor for an agricultural newspaper in South Dakota.
Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 2009 from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. She attended the Clarksville Writer’s Conference in Clarksville, TN, in 2016 with grant assistance from FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society, where she has taught classes in memoir and poetry at the Jupiter campus.
Stephanie resides in Boca Raton, FL, with her husband, Ryan, and retired racing greyhounds, Dakota and Lulu.