"I am a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky." - Sharon Olds
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After more than twenty years in the workforce, Stephanie Larkin rekindled her love of writing when she returned to college as a "late bloomer." 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 (Resettled). In 2019 she co-authored, with Dadiri Nuro, the first published phrasebook for Chizigula, the endangered Bantu language spoken by her friends. In addition to helping Chizigula speakers in the U.S. learn English, copies of Introduction to Chizigula have been hand-delivered by Mr. Nuro to Chizigula speakers in Tanzania, Somalia, and the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.
Larkin also put her college studies in the fields of education and psychology to good use in writing Displaced: A Memoir, Grief Country, and Pain Power Purpose. Her unique style blends her personal stories with research and historical perspectives around issues such as child abuse and grief. She has shared her experience as a caregiver for a parent with Alzheimer's disease with large and small groups, and she conducts workshops for those who have also experienced the long-term effects of developmental trauma and want to "change their life story."