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Stephanie Raffelock

Stephanie Raffelock

Stephanie Raffelock is an overly caffeinated, type-A personality, and novelist on the verge. A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Creative Writing and Poetics, Stephanie worked an internship at The Boulder Daily Camera and has penned articles for The Aspen Times, Quilters Magazine, and Nexus Magazine. She currently writes a bi-monthly column for, and is a regular contributor to The Rogue Valley Messenger.
She is the Director of Youth Programs for Willamette Writers, and also a board member of Southern Oregon University’s Friends of the Hannon Library.
A committed a student of story, Stephanie practices community outreach by teaching creative writing to marginalized populations that include incarcerated women. She enjoys literary representation by Dystel, Goderich and Bourett in New York City.
Find out more: on her website; on Facebook: @StephanieRaffelock; on Twitter: @Sraffelock.
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