Megan Harlan is an essayist and poet. She's the author of Mapmaking (BkMk Press/New Letters), selected winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry by Sidney Wade, who wrote, "This is imaginative writing at its very best — visual, aural, metaphorical, ethical, and adventurous."

Harlan's essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, The Common, Superstition Review, Catamaran, and Under the Sun. Her poems appear in American Poetry ReviewCrazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, Hotel Amerika, TriQuarterly, PBS NewsHour Poetry SeriesPoetry Daily, and Verse Daily, among other publications, and won the 2014 Confrontation Poetry PrizeShe has regularly contributed travel features, literary criticism, and journalism to magazines and newspapers that include The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, ELLE, Salon, Publishers Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly. Her short stories have been published in Alaska Quarterly ReviewCimarron ReviewMeridianPainted Bride Quarterly, and Sycamore Review.

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 with honors from Tufts University. Born in Vermont, Harlan grew up in Saudi Arabia, Colombia, London, Houston, Alaska, and the San Francisco Bay Area, moving on average once a year until she graduated from high school. Since then, she has called Manhattan, San Francisco, and Oakland home, has traveled in five continents, and now lives with her husband and son in Berkeley, California.

To contact her, please email at megan(at)meganharlan(dot)(com).