At age forty-four, Meredith graduated from Bowdoin College and began writing. Since then, her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Southern Review, Five Points, Prairie Schooner as well as several anthologies. She has been honored with the Pushcart Prize and “notable essay” recognition in Best American Essays.
In 2004, Meredith won a $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation, giving her the time and financial security to write a memoir, Without a Map. Published by Beacon Press in early 2007, the book has received widespread publicity and has been reviewed in Booklist, The Boston Globe, People, Entertainment Weekly, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Elle.