Stephanie Land’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through both the Center for Community Change and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her ​memoir​, ​MAID​​, is forthcoming through editor Krishan Trotman from Hachette Books. She lives in Missoula, Montana, with her husband and two daughters.​

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Portrait of the Artist as a Single Mom

Harriet Backer: By Lamplight, 1890

Every time my car broke down during those years, or I had to fill out renewal forms for our food stamps, my stomach clenched in selfishness and guilt. We were struggling like this because I had chosen to get an art degree instead of work. Being on government assistance, that didn’t seem like an option for me, let alone one to accept, even though it never felt like there was any other option but that. I was a writer. I had to write.