Maggie Estep

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Maggie Estep
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Born Margaret Ann Estep[1]
(1963-03-20)March 20, 1963
Summit, New Jersey, U.S.
Died February 12, 2014(2014-02-12) (aged 50)
Albany, New York, U.S.[1]
Occupation Writer, poet, spoken word artist

Margaret Ann "Maggie" Estep (March 20, 1963 – February 12, 2014) was an American writer and poet, best-known for coming to prominence during the height of the spoken word and poetry slam performance rage. She published seven books and released two spoken word albums: No More Mr. Nice Girl and Love is a Dog From Hell.


Margaret Ann Estep was born in 1963 in Summit, New Jersey. As a poet, she emerged in the early 1990s when grunge was the height of fashion and her "direct, aggressive and uncompromisingly modern"[2] poetry was highly accessible.

Estep appeared on Lollapalooza's third stage in 1994, and featured on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged,[3] PBS's The United States of Poetry,[4] and most recently on Season 3 of HBO's Def Poetry. Her video for her spoken word track "Hey Baby" received moderate rotation on MTV and was highlighted on MTV's Beavis & Butt-head.[5] She also contributed vocals to two songs on Recoil's 1997 album Unsound Methods.[6] In 2003 she wrote sleevenotes for the Talking Heads box set Once in a Lifetime.[7]

Estep went on to write many novels, including Diary of an Emotional Idiot, the Ruby Murphy mystery trilogy, Gargantuan, Hex and Flamethrower, and Alice Fantastic. Hex was named New York Times Notable Book for 2003.[8] She had, for several years, been at work on The Angelmakers, a novel about 19th Century female gangsters and the founding of animal rights.[citation needed]


Estep suffered a heart attack on February 10, 2014 at her home in Hudson, New York, and died from complications two days later in an Albany hospital, aged 50. She was survived by her mother and three half-siblings.[9]


Studio albums
Compilation appearances
  • Skid Row Wine, on compilation Kicks, Joy, Darkness: A Tribute to Jack Kerouac (1997)
Music videos



  1. ^ a b Slotnik, Daniel E. (February 12, 2014). "Maggie Estep, Slam Poetry Performer, Dies at 50". The New York Times. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008). Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. New York City: Soft Skull Press, 66. ISBN 1-933368-82-9.
  3. ^ New York Times review of Spoken Word Unplugged,; accessed January 12, 2018.
  4. ^ United States of Poetry website: Maggie Estep's "I'm an Emotional Idiot" Archived 2008-09-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Sean O'Neal (2014-02-12). "R.I.P. Maggie Estep, spoken-word star of the Gen-X age". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  6. ^ Unsound Methods Allmusic
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  8. ^ New York Times Notable Books, December 7, 2003.
  9. ^ Updated: RIP Maggie Estep,; accessed January 12, 2018.

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