Meghan O’Rourke lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she grew up, and in Marfa, Texas. A graduate of Yale University, she has taught at Princeton, The New School, and New York University. She currently serves as editor of The Yale Review.
O’Rourke began her career as a fiction and nonfiction editor at The New Yorker. She has served as culture editor and literary critic for Slate as well as poetry editor for The Paris Review. She is the author of the poetry collections Sun in Days (2017), a finalist for the Patterson Poetry Prize and a New York Times Best Poetry Book of the year, Once (2011), and Halflife (2007), a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain’s Forward First Book Prize. In addition, she wrote the bestselling memoir The Long Goodbye (2011).
She is the recipient of numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, the inaugural May Sarton Poetry Prize, the Union League Prize for Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Front Page Award for her cultural criticism. She also has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and a finalist for the Rome Prize of the Academy of Arts and Letters.