Writing

A selection of my published pieces:

  • I was beyond thrilled to break into Narratively, which publishes just one longform piece of narrative nonfiction every day. My piece is about the impetus behind my sex writing career.
  • I’ve been interested in issues of sexuality education for quite some time. So it was a pleasure to research this piece on early childhood sex ed for Jezebel.
  • Inspired by the downfall of porn star James Deen, here’s a piece I wrote for Salon on sexual harassment within the sex field.
  • The Rumpus is a tough nut to crack, but here’s a book review I wrote for them on Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir.
  • When I became a mother, I felt I had lost my identity as a writer. Brain, Child helped me find my way back, so I’m thrilled to have my piece on teaching my daughter about consent on their website.
  • As someone who’s been writing about sex for over 15 years now, it’s an honor to be working as the Senior Writer/Editor for AASECT, a nonprofit organization for sexuality professionals. I manage and create their online content.
  • After 15 years as a sex writer, I inevitably ended up with a baby. Now I blog about new motherhood for mom.me.
  • I’ve written just a couple pieces for Yoga International, and I’m especially proud of this one, which shows how my practice has evolved with my life.
  • Fielding nasty comments is nothing new when you write for the Internet. But just because I do it on the regular doesn’t mean I’m impervious. This piece is about that.
  • My sex writing and my mommy blogging come together in this short piece about facing postpartum sex when you have a history of painful intercourse.
  • Money: the bane of my existence, and the source of my fantastic yoga leggings collection. The Billfold is all about our relationship to money, which is why it’s just about the perfect publication for me. Here, a piece on the money I spent to make money teaching yoga.
  • I love that I get to nerd out about books and writing on a regular basis for the Ploughshares blog. Here, my very first post on how to bulk up your TBR list.
  • I love Book Riot because it’s the type of site where I can totally nerd out over books and general bookishness. Here’s a piece I wrote for them on feeling a deep connection with an author.
  • Income disparity among couples is a hot-button issue for me. Here’s an essay I wrote about the topic for Virginia Quarterly Review… my very first lit mag clip!
  • Good In Bed is a sex education site founded by Ian Kerner, the author of She Comes First. My first project for the site? An ebook called 52 Weeks of Amazing Sex, co-authored with Kerner himself.
  • I’m not a parent — yet — but I did have the pleasure of writing about the awkwardness of babymaking sex for Babble. Click through for more than you ever wanted to know about my attempts to get pregnant.
  • As I’ve made my way through a 200-hour yoga teacher training program, I’ve found myself wanting to write less about sex and more about the new passion in my life. Here’s my elephant journal piece on how yoga has helped me love my body… sometimes.
  • I’ve written several pieces for The Frisky, but feel as if my sex column — Sex with Steph — deserves its own space. After all, who knows the next time I’ll have my very own (super sexy) logo? Sex With Steph was an advice column in which I answered questions about sex toys, swinging, sexual dysfunction, disabilities, and more.
  • Out of everything I’ve written, the piece I wrote for Inside Jersey — on wine spots throughout the state — was the most fun to research. Over the course of several months, my husband and I hit up every single winery in NJ, and checked out wine bars, upscale restaurants, and wine shops. We even made our own Cabernet Franc!