Stef Willen is a writer, editor, and artist who always   thought she’d be a paleontologist. At age 14 she discovered a 140 million-year-old egg from what was suspected to be a Nodosaur, making it the first known armored dinIMG_5145osaur egg ever found. This was unbelievable luck since she had, at that point, wanted to be a paleontologist half of her life. After taking one acting class in college, she moved to Los Angeles to be an actress. She has auditioned at Starbucks, on ratty couches, a roof, and at La Salsa. She writes the multi-award winning, Total Loss: A Column About Inventorying Other People’s Tragedies, for McSweeney’s Internet Tedency and was the 2010 McSweeney’s Grand Prize Column Contest winner. She contributes regularly to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and other internet portals. She is a contributor to Public Radio International’s This American Life and was the co-star of the film, EM (Vanguard Cinema in 2011), which won the Grand Jury Prize at Seattle International Film Festival. She was raised in Boulder, Colorado and lives mostly in Los Angeles and a little in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She no longer (knowingly) auditions at Starbucks.