In my natural habitat.

In my natural habitat.


I’m Staci Perkins Kleinmaier, a freelance writer and photographer who tells stories about nature and human nature.

I especially enjoy writing creative nonfiction that explores the concurrent comedy and tragedy of human existence. I also like other lighthearted subjects, such as climate change, the history of every U.S. war, the societal role in drug and alcohol addiction, and parenting kids so they don’t turn into entitled a-holes.

I studied English literature, creative writing, and history at Bradley University and—in spite of the massive paycheck I was bringing in as a recent-grad copy editor—I left my steady job and got my master’s in rhetoric/composition and literature at Northern Illinois University.

You can find my writing on NC State’s College of Design blog and alumni magazine, where I am a regular contributing writer and editor. My poetry has been published in the Rockford Review, and my photography has appeared on the cover of Eltern and in Click magazine. My stock images have been used in ad campaigns for Seventh Generation, GE, and Liberty Mutual.

In the summer of 2016, my family and I moved to Apex, North Carolina, from northern Illinois. We spend our time getting lost in our new state, working on our house, and balancing fun with somewhat-responsible parenting.

Would you like to hire me for a project? Have a collaboration idea or a question? Contact me here.