Maggie Estep developed her career as a writer, performance and recording artist. She had been variously employed, including as a maid for Holiday Inn. She has appeared on the Music Television (MTV) series "Spoken Word", and released the albums "No More Mr. Nice Girl" and "Love Is a Dog From Hell." In 1997 her first novel, the semi-autobiographical "Diary of an Emotional Idiot", was published.
Margaret also appeared on PBS's "The United States of Poetry", and most recently on Season 3 of HBO's "Def Poetry." She also contributed vocals to two songs on Recoil's 1997 album "Unsound Methods." In 2003 she wrote sleevenotes for the Talking Heads box set "Once in a Lifetime."