After more than twenty years in the work force, Stephanie Larkin rekindled her love of writing when she returned to college as a "late bloomer" to earn her bachelor's degree. She had no idea at the time that classes centering on the history of Somalia and an oppressed minority called the Somali Bantu would lead to an ongoing friendship with the Bantu refugee community, as well as a book about their relationship.
While writing "Resettled," Larkin's own life changed drastically. "Displaced: A Memoir," "Grief Country," and "Pain Power Purpose" were written as a way to not only share her personal story but to hopefully help others as they faced life's many challenges. As a public speaker, she has shared her experience as a caregiver for a parent with Alzheimer's disease and conducts workshops for those who have experienced the long-term effects of developmental trauma.
In 2019 Larkin co-authored (with Dadiri Nuro) "Introduction to Chizigula," a phrasebook for an endangered Bantu language spoken by her friends. It is the first of several books she plans to write in order to enhance literacy in both English and Chizigula. All profits from this book (and "Resettled") are donated to the Gosha Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for which Larkin is an advisor.