Meghan Daum

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Meghan Daum
Daum at the 2015 Texas Book Festival
Daum at the 2015 Texas Book Festival
Born 1970
Occupation Columnist
Nationality US
Education MFA
Alma mater Vassar College, Columbia University
Genre Novelist, essayist

Meghan Daum (born 1970) is an American author, essayist, and journalist.

Childhood and education[edit]

Although she was born in California, Daum grew up in Austin, Texas and Ridgewood, New Jersey. She received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.[1]


Daum spent much of her twenties in New York City. In 1999, she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and the experience became the catalyst for her 2003 novel The Quality of Life Report, which follows the life and times of an ambitious young television journalist who trades New York for the fictional town of Prairie City and explores themes of social class in America as well as the contradictions of the "simplicity movement." She is also the author of two collections of essays, My Misspent Youth and The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which was named as a top 10 books of the year by Slate and Entertainment Weekly.[2] It won the 2015 PEN CENTER USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Her work has appeared in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Vogue, GQ, Harper's and elsewhere .

Daum lives in Los Angeles, California and New York City. She has been an opinion columnist for the Los Angeles Times since 2005. She is a member of the adjunct faculty in the writing division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University.

Daum is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in general nonfiction and the recipient of 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing. In 2017 she served as the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program[3]



  1. ^ Lee, Linda. "A NIGHT OUT WITH: Meghan Daum; No Escaping the City", The New York Times, June 1, 2003. Accessed September 22, 2015. "Among the crowd were chums from her days at Vassar and from the M.F.A. writing program at Columbia, and her parents. (She grew up in Ridgewood, N.J.)"
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