Some exciting news this week, readers! Rachel May’s novel-in-vignettes The Benedictines, which we excerpted in Meridian 21 is out this week from Braddock Avenue Books. Congratulations Rachel!
Just landed at the Meridian office: a gorgeous ARC of contributor Maryse Meijer’s story collection Heartbreaker, coming from FSG in July. And kicking it off is “Home,” which was originally published in Meridian issue 20. Congratulations Maryse!
2014 Editors’ Prize winner Anya Groner is totally on a roll, you guys. Check out her Modern Love column, “Is There a Doctor in the Marriage?” in this week’s New York Times. Congratulations Anya! Thanks for sharing this lovely piece with the world. P.S. If you are reading this and thinking how much you want to be just … More Read Anya Groner’s ‘Modern Love’ in the NYT!
One of our rockstar contributors, Christopher Kempf (you may recall his essay “Sweat” from Meridian 33 or his delightfully physical poems “Impingement” and “Scabies” from Issue 34) has recently won Narrative‘s Poetry Prize. Congratulations, Chris! Check out the winning work here.
Lovely news, this: Anya Groner‘s story “Buster,” which won our 2014 Editor’s Prize and appeared in issue 33, has been named a Distinguished Story in the Best American Short Stories 2015, edited by T.C. Boyle. Congratulations, Anya! Here’s a taste: “The year my twin and I turned eight, we vowed to kill our neighbor’s cat. Buster … More Anya Groner’s “Buster” in the Best American Short Stories 2015
The luminous Melissa Barrett, whose stunning poems “Homesick” and “Mock Chlorophyll” appear in the most recent Meridian, has been named a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. The competition is sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and is open to U.S. poets between the ages of 21 and 31. This year, there … More Melissa Barrett is a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship!
The most recent AGNI features work from four Meridian poets, each of whom has two poems in the BU journal. Rebecca Black, whose “Andersonville Prison” and “The Library” appeared in our January issue, contributes the poems “Arana Gulch” and “The Bear” to AGNI 79. The issue also includes the poems “Blacksnake” and “A Paper Hive Earns No Quarter” by Adam Houle; … More AGNI 79
Virginia is a fairly small state, in terms of geography and populations, but it is home to six Creative Writing MFA programs. Of these, Virginia Commonwealth University is our closest neighbor, residing in Richmond, an artistically rich and historically fascinating city. Unsurprisingly, our Richmond neighbors curate one of our favorite online literary magazines, Blackbird. The first … More Five Meridian Writers in the Latest Blackbird
We haven’t had a new post on the Meridian editors’ blog in quite a while. Is it because of the blood moon? Or maybe it’s becuase we’ve been working our tuchuses off on the new issue. Probably the blood moon… Our contributors have been working their tuchuses off, too, and poems and stories from Meridian writers have been … More Contributor Roundup
We are always excited to see the debut books from writers we have published, and Rachel Mennies’s first full-length collection of poetry has just been released! The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards received the Walt MacDonald First Book Prize and is now available from Texas Tech University Press. Two poems of the poems in the collection, … More First Poetry Collection from Rachel Mennies