Stephanie Pruitt never learned that you have to choose only one path. The native Nashvillian is a poet, community catalyst, and creative strategist who earned an undergraduate degree in Marketing from MTSU and her MFA in creative writing from Vanderbilt. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, Sedberry Prize and Essence Magazine named her one of their “40 Favorite Poets.” Stephanie has taught arts education and creative writing at Vanderbilt University, Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, and as a visiting artist in over one hundred k-12 and community settings.
The ARTrepreneur is founder of Poems & Pancakes and partners with businesses and special events, providing poetry vending machines as a marketing and communication tool. The Cave Canem Fellow has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Stephanie has advanced the local creative community through work with the Nashville Arts Coalition, NashvilleNext Arts & Culture Team, Poetry In Motion, and numerous arts commission grant review panels. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville. The 2014 Nashville Emerging Leader Award Finalist operates Mind Your Creative Business Consulting where she equips businesses with arts-rich strategies & artists with business-rich strategies. She is the author of I AM: A Poetic Journey Towards Self Definition, Life on Lay-a-Way, and has a spoken word CD, Choice Words. Stephanie’s poetry has been described as “high art with a hearty dose of biscuit sopping goodness.” She was also editor of the historically inspired collection of poems by local high school students: Regarding Rule 99. Her community service includes volunteering at Magdalene House as a creative writing teacher for the last 10 years.
Family is her greatest work of art. Stephanie has a teen aged, musician daughter and two furry, tail wagging kiddos. She co-chairs her home life and big bucket list with her husband, Al Gaines. Stephanie has lived in Donelson the majority of her life and recalls weekly stops at the Donelson Library and Two Rivers Park with her family as a kid while attending Pennington Elementary School.
Learn more about Stephanie at www.stephaniepruitt.com. Donelson and all of Nashville are very fortunate to have such a wonderfully creative person like Stephanie as a neighbor.