Megan Harlan is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her first book, Mapmaking, won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and was published by BkMk Books/New Letters (University of Missouri-Kansas City) in 2010. Her poems have been featured on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily, and in journals that include American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and AGNI Online. Her short stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, Meridian, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Sycamore Review. She has contributed nonfiction to numerous publications, including The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Salon. She holds a master's degree from New York University's Creative Writing Program (where she was awarded Writers Fellowships) and a B.A. in English from Tufts University. She lives with her husband and son in Berkeley, California.
Awards and Recognition
- AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction (2019)
- Best American Essays 2019, Notable Essay
- Arts & Letters Prize for Creative Nonfiction (2018)
- Best American Essays 2018, Notable Essay
- Confrontation Poetry Prize (2014)
- John Ciardi Prize for Poetry (2009)