Photograph by Sarah Shatz

Meghan O’Rourke began her career as an editor at The New Yorker. Since then, she has served as the editor of The Yale Review, culture editor and literary critic for Slate as well as poetry editor for The Paris Review. Her essays, criticism, and poems have appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation,  Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry. O’Rourke is also the author of the poetry collections Sun in Days (2017), which was a finalist for the Patterson Poetry Prize and a New York Times Best Poetry Book of the year; Once (2011); and Halflife (2007), which was a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain’s Forward First Book Prize. She was awarded the inaugural May Sarton Poetry Prize, the Union League Prize for Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Front Page Award for her cultural criticism. One of three judges chosen to select Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007, she has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and a finalist for the Rome Prize of the Academy of Arts and Letters. A graduate of Yale University, she has taught at Princeton, The New School, and New York University. She is currently working on a book about poorly understood chronic illness and serving as the editor of The Yale Review. She lives in Brooklyn, where she grew up, and Marfa, TX.