Welcome to Write the People, the website of writer and editor Laura Stassi.
I’ve spent my career focused on nonfiction, despite rave reviews for Peanut Butter Land and The Night It Snowed Powdered Sugar. (The reviews were from Mrs. Savage, my fourth-grade teacher; to be clear, I was in fourth grade when I penned – er, penciled the works of fiction.)
I love meeting people and unearthing the extraordinary stories contained within seemingly ordinary lives. My first published piece — for the late, great Military Lifestyle magazine — profiled the parents of a fallen Marine who channeled their grief into establishing one of the nation’s first volunteer support groups for military families. Among the other amazing people I’ve interviewed are the daughters of legendary civil rights figures Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz; pioneering journalist Randy Shilts shortly before he died of the disease he extensively chronicled in And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic; and my own mother, whose memories of living room dance parties with childhood friends Nelle “Harper” Lee and Truman Capote informed a travel feature I wrote for The Washington Post.
My freelance feature articles have also been published in The Post’s Food and Style sections as well as the Military Times newspapers and other publications. I’m the author of almost two dozen nonfiction books for young readers.