From this link: https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/sun-122015-tongue-and-groove-literary-event-in-hollywood/
Stef Willen is a contributor to This American Life and a semi-regular contributor to McSweeney‘s Internet Tendency, where her award-winning column, Total Loss, also appears. She is currently turning Total Loss into a book slated to be published by Simon & Schuster in January 2017.
Hmmm. that's impressive sounding. But let's look closer :
1. Stef Willen is a contributor to this American Life.
The Truth of the matter:
She was on small segment in late 2009. That's easily confirmed online. But, harder to figure is that she was only on this small segment, as Ira Glass's favor to big donor Nick Kroll
(Nick and his family throw money at Ira in exchange for Ira agreeing to his demands - google NPR nick kroll for just some of those demands and also Ira Glass Tig Notaro NPR if you want to go deeper down that hole. )
Willen's small segment can be found here: http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/385/transcript at the end of the transcript. Transcript posted below.
2. A semi regular contributor to Mcsweeney's?
In 2010, after Willen was willing to bear false witness repeatedly, and then willing to commit perjury in a criminal and civil cases, Nick Kroll used his connections at McSweeney's (John Hodgman, and Dave Hill being just two) read those small pieces to confirm - that this is not a writer that can go far on talent alone. The things that Willen invented or agreed to bear false witness to (it's not clear how much she instigated it vs. just agreed to be a part of it) caused three good people to go through hell on earth - 31 days of jail, vicious and life destroying smear campaigns, theft of years, money, peace of mind etc. Over time, though, and seeing how she pathologically lies in these bios, we've come to believe that she played a much bigger and more creepy part than we first suspected.
3. ...Where her award winning column also appears?
What awards has Willen actually won for her writing or this column? Well, before this column, Stef Willen did not have one writing credit to her name. In exchange
Nick Kroll, kept his promise to give the then 30 ,and credit free Willen something to use for a bio if she agreed to keep on bearing false witness in court and out of court.
Interestingly, this is the only link to be found, online,
www.adweek.com/fishbowlny/la-press-club-winners.../141574Jun 27, 2011 - The LA Press Club held its annual awards gala last night, where they ..... 2nd Place: Stef Willen, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, “I Think I ...
that evidences this big big deal for an unknown writer and non member of any press- An unknown wannabe writer that by no stretch of the imagination wrote a piece anyone would even associate with the word, PRESS.
:you'd figure she'd publicize this but my theory is that if anyone paid any attention to this strange bit of theft, well that would not really be good. A real writer or a real member of the press might do some digging.
That is the Kroll way... fake it, hope no one knows it, and thinks you've legitimately made it. That's a novel way to get ahead, Willen.
You win the Spitzberg award! Stephanie Willen, you win for the most insanely sleazy and obvious liar in history award.
Willen then writes that her column was multi award winning?
Well, that has to be chalked up to her pathological lying problem. The same pathological impulses that make her lie about being spotted by an agent who got her to move to L.A, to pursue acting in many short films when she was only in one tiny and terrible film.
Ms. Willen's Bio a few years ago when a Nick Kroll scored her a role in a very bad movie wherein she played a mental case(poorly again) named EM whose real name was Amanda instead of Am as would be more appropriate.
While attending the University of Colorado, she obtained a more demanding role when her roommate asked her to be the lead in her senior thesis short film.
She was planning on going to Africa to study apes or dig for ancestral humans, but her film was seen by a talent manager in Los Angeles who encouraged her to pursue acting.
Stef moved to Denver and studied acting with Brian McCulley. Shortly thereafter, she was signed by an agent and moved to Los Angeles in 2003. There, she studied acting with Nina Kether Axelrod and improv at the Groundlings and ACME Comedy Theatre. She has since starred in many short films ...
After taking one acting class in college, she moved to Los Angeles to be an actress.