About Alison J. Stein

Alison_SteinHi there. I’m Alison J. Stein, wearer of many hats and sometimes fondler of bees. (Okay, one time, and just for this picture.) I write, I make jewelry, I do art things and I teach.

*Drop me a note at alisonstein at gmail.com.


Over the years, I’ve published tens of thousands of words for many different magazines, newspapers and websites, including American Archaeology, Glamour, Inc., Mother Jones, The Toronto Star, The Washington Post, Yoga Journal, among other places. I even wrote some books and contributed to some anthologies, of which I’m particularly proud.  In Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana: Funny Travel Stories and Strange Packing Tips, a Traveler’s Tales anthology, you’ll find my essay, Naked with a Passport — on a visit to a spa that went awry. I was also honored to be included in Best Women’s Travel Writing, where you’ll find my essay “The Heat Seeker” — on pursuing the spiciest food I could handle. Read some more of my writing here.

In 2013, I took a sabbatical from travel writing and studied art and craft at The Art Students League, The School of Visual Arts, The National Academy Museum and School, The Fashion Institute of Technology, The Center for Book Arts, The 92nd Street Y, and other places around New York city.

That experience led to my jewelry company, Alison Wonderland Jewelry.  My business started with three not-very high falutin’ words: Fuck This Shit. I hand stamped it onto a key chain for myself, in a moment of total frustration. The story is here. People started asking me for them. And the business was born.

After a couple of years, I found that I didn’t love making a zillion of the same pieces, over and over again, and I also missed writing more than three words pounded into metal.  not just on metal.  So I’ve shuttered that business, and will be making jewelry available in other ways.


About Very Curious Mind  

I initially started this blog as an online portfolio for my writing, and a place to share the interesting material that didn’t make it into my published work. It also turned out to be a great place to publish short pieces on subjects I couldn’t or wouldn’t want to place elsewhere.

Over the years, the topics I’ve focused on here have shifted with my interests. Initially, there was a lot about demographics and business, then women’s health, then travel, then personal essays — and then jewelry, and art.  Besides my curiosity, the common thread through it all has been my deep and abiding interest in creativity, the creative process and running a creative business, topics I continue to write about here today.



4 thoughts on “About Alison J. Stein

  1. Wow! Your bio reads like the screenplay for an action adventure film and leaves me breathless. It suggests that the last vestiges of the reclusive writer stereotype are completely dead. You probably don’t even know what I’m talking about… and that proves it. Huge congratulations on your new book! I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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