Stephen Earley Jordan II, was born in Iaeger, West Virginia and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. Jordan attended Alderson-Broaddus College, where he earned a BA in Writing, and a BA in Literature; His graduate studies were at Marshall University before he moved to New York City. In 2009, Jordan was awarded the Most Outstanding Youth Alumni Award issued by Alderson-Broaddus College, recognizing alumni who have rendered outstanding service to individuals who have demonstrated achievement in their chosen career.

After the release of his first book in 2006, “Beyond Bougie” Jordan toured colleges and universities where he coordinated writing workshops on creative nonfiction and guest speaker for issues of race, class, and gender—primarily focusing on the plights of Black Americans and how to be progressive in the Black community. His guest speaking and writing workshops were at a variety of places, including Marshall University, Alderson-Broaddus College, West Virginia University, The Ohio State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, to name a few.

During the same time, Jordan hosted “The Bougie Black Show”, a weekly hour-long podcast that covered issues of race, class, and gender hot topics of the week.

Jordan is known to say he “likes to write about things people don’t like to talk about” because it challenges their own thoughts on social norms.

Throughout the years, he has released various spoken word tracks; numerous collections of poetry and essays; written and produced award-winning short films for music, fashion, and social awareness. In 2023, he was published in Chicago Quarterly Review. 

Stephen Earley Jordan II currently lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2006 Beyond Bougie
2007 Cold, Black, and Hungry