Stephen Earley Jordan II, was born in Iaeger, West Virginia and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. Jordan attended Alderson-Broaddus College, a private Baptist-affiliated 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. After the release of his first book in 2006, "Beyond Bougie" Jordan toured colleges and universities where he taught writing workshops on creative nonfiction and was guestspeaker for issues of race, class, and gender—primarily focusing on the plights of Black Americans. In 2007, he released his followup collection, "Cold, Black, and Hungry". Jordan has been known to say that he "likes to write about things people don't like to talk about" because it challenges their own thoughts on social norms. Stephen Earley Jordan II currently lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.