USA Contributor to ICAV Blog
Stephanie is a Filipino adoptee residing in the United States. She is a creative writer, information professional and mixed media artist who works on the Navajo Reservation at an elementary school library. As a Pushcart Nominee (2015) she hails with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Bachelor of Journalism from Northern Arizona University. Her news articles and reviews have been featured in local newspapers like the Daily Sun, Mountain Living Magazine and the Noise. Mixed media art has been featured in Helen Literary Magazine, the Sonder Review, Storm Cellar, and the Healing Muse. Fiction stories have been featured in Third Flatiron Anthologies, the Story Shack, On the Rusk, and Gone Lawn Journal. Creative essays have been featured in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, the Writing Disorder, the Journey Magazine, and Hole in the Donut Blog. Stephanie’s adoptee-centered media has been presented at AdopTree Project: Exploring Asian Adoption Narratives (2012); Stephanie has also published an autobiographical multimedia MFA thesis with her local university in 2015, and her summary life story has been featured here at ICAV.
Presently, Stephanie is finishing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, personally ablaze with the professional goals of supporting lifelong learning and literacy for all demographics, emphasizing in serving marginalized and underserved communities.
Stephanie was born in Cebu City, Philippines in the 1980’s in destitute poverty and lived in an orphanage in Cebu until she was adopted at the age of two. Stephanie grew up in the Midwest, in the United States, where she had a rich adoptee experience colored with life lessons, fond memories and trials. She later moved to Arizona when she was 15 with her adoptive family and has been living in Flagstaff, Arizona since 2006. As an adult adoptee, Stephanie carries a unique “full-circle” intercountry adoption experience, complete with a family reunion with her birth mother in 2012 back in her old orphanage in the Philippines. Stephanie’s adoptee experience, merged with her education, work, education, library work, and creative outlets have each aided in cultivating a passion in community service, as she continues to seek ways to express critical perspectives of the growing orphaned issues and adoption issues existing today.
As Stephanie continues to finish her second Master’s degree while working full-time to supporting the missions of public libraries, lifelong learning and literacy, she is making new efforts to raising needed awareness on orphaned issues, global diaspora, the impacts of global socio-economic crises and the realities of today’s intercountry adoption process.
On her free time, she is also involved with a Latin Dance collective in Flagstaff, Arizona, often mingling with other inspiring dance studios and instructors, dedicated in practicing and learning in styles like Zouk, salsa and bachata. Please feel free to follow her or connect with her online or via Facebook at any time. You can visit her website at http://smflood.weebly.com