I Left Poverty After Writing ‘Maid.’ But Poverty Never Left Me

“I was a ‘success story,’ and an extremely likable one. I’m very conscious that my story is the palatable kind of poor-person story. There’s no doubt in my mind that people paid more attention to it because I am white, hold a bachelor’s degree, and even though my parents grew up poor, I was raised in three–bedroom, 2½-bath homes for most of my childhood.”

Source: Time
Published: Sep 30, 2021
Length: 6 minutes (1,560 words)

Grieving, but Calmed by a Different Kind of Storm

In isolation, Stephanie Land finds surprising relief from PTSD — and discovers she is able to write again.

Source: Longreads
Published: Apr 24, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,059 words)

Portrait of the Artist as a Single Mom

In this personal essay, created with support from the non-profit Economic Hardship Reporting Project, Stephanie Land chronicles her struggle to support herself and her two daughters while attending college and trying to make a living as a writer.

Published: Dec 29, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,085 words)

The Love of a Thousand Muskoxen: Grieving a Love Lost to Time and Sickness

Years after spending a romantic month alone with a young photographer, Stephanie Land learns of his crippling chronic disease–and gets a glimpse of how much she meant to him.

Source: Longreads
Published: Oct 24, 2016
Length: 13 minutes (3,488 words)