Stephanie Pearson is a freelance writer and contributing editor to Outside magazine. After earning her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she served on Outside‘s editorial staff for 12 years. Pearson has also logged many hours in the field. As the science writer for a team led by explorer Dan Buettner, she traveled across Australia and Latin America to help create a real-time, online curriculum for 50,000 secondary school students. From Mount Everest base camp she reported a successful summit bid sponsored by Hanesbrands, Inc.stephanie

Pearson’s assignments have taken her to Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, South America, and North America. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing and has also appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Wired, O, The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Journal, Lonely Planet books,,, Travel +, and others. View her latest features here: Portfolio.

Unsure exactly where home is, Pearson splits her time between northern Minnesota and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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The Thread

IMG_5778Sometimes an event takes place that fundamentally changes you.
Even in this perverse world of oversharing,
some things are too raw, too personal, too complicated to put out there
for the world to judge, even when they affect your every breath and every thought.
Until you can reclaim your voice and your joy,
you rely on compassionate people and real poets like William Stafford, who can tell it…

“The Way It Is”

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.

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