Stein’s poems submerge stark emotional reflection within landscapes influenced by reality television, museum exhibits, and folk tales. In a 2009 interview with poet and blogger Gregory Lawless for his blog I Thought I Was New Here: Poems and Whatnot, Stein stated, “I think it would be fair to classify my poems as confessional, genuinely; I’m aiming for emotional honesty throughout, even in narratives that veer off into the absurd.” Publishers Weekly described Stein’s debut collection as “a mix both giddy and anguished that incorporates elements from fairy tale, pop-culture, ancient myth, and choose-your-own-adventure books. These poems swing between the dull throb of disappointment and what she calls ‘hope’s stubborn blindness.’”
Stein’s honors include an Amy Award from Poets & Writers and a Pushcart Prize nomination. She has worked on the New Yorker staff and taught drama to children. She lives in Brooklyn.