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Meghan O'Rourke at the 2011 Texas Book Festival.
1976 (age 41–42)|
Brooklyn, New York
Warren Wilson College
Background and education
O'Rourke was formerly a fiction editor at The New Yorker and from 2005-2010 was poetry co-editor at The Paris Review. She is also an occasional contributor to The New York Times. O'Rourke has written on a wide and eclectic range of topics, including horse racing, gender bias in the literary world, the politics of marriage and divorce, and the place of grief and mourning in modern society. She has published poems in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Best American Poetry, The New Republic, and Poetry.; Along with Perrine's Literatures Twelfth Edition. Her first book of poems, Halflife, was published by Norton in 2007. O'Rourke's book, The Long Goodbye, a memoir of grief and mourning written after the death of her mother, was published to wide critical acclaim in April 2011. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. O'Rourke suffers from an autoimmune disorder which she has written about for The New Yorker. She is working on a book about chronic illness. She has been treated for Lyme Disease.
Awards and fellowships
- 2014 Guggenheim Award for General Nonfiction
- 2008 May Sarton Poetry Prize
- 2007 Lannan Literary Award
- 2005 Union League and Civic Arts Foundation Award from the Poetry Foundation
- 2017 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant to complete her book, What's Wrong With Me? The Mysteries of Chronic Illness
- O'Rourke, Meghan (2007). Halflife : poems. New York: W. W. Norton.
- Once: Poems (New York: W. W. Norton, 2011).
- List of poems
|Navesink||2017||O'Rourke, Meghan (March 13, 2017). "Navesink". The New Yorker. 93 (4): 55.|
|My Life as a Subject||2008||O'Rourke, Meghan (June 2008). "My Life as a Subject". Poetry. 192: 200-4.|
|On Marriage||2008||O'Rourke, Meghan (June 2008). "On Marriage". Poetry. 192: 205.|
|Halflife||2005||O'Rourke, Meghan (September 2005). "Halflife". Poetry. 187: 411.|
|Sleep||2005||O'Rourke, Meghan (September 2005). "Sleep". Poetry. 187: 410.|
- The Long Goodbye, memoir (New York: Riverhead, 2011).
Critical studies and reviews of O'Rourke's work
- Brouwer, Joel (April 29, 2007). "Fields of memory". The New York Times. Review of Halflife.
- "Meghan O'Rourke Biography". Retrieved 2015-01-27.
- Poems Out Loud > Meghan O'Rourke Reads Spectacular
- "What's Wrong with Me? I had an autoimmune disease. Then the disease had me". Retrieved 2015-01-25.
- "The Mysteries of Chronic Illness". Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. "Meghan O'Rourke". Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- American Academy of Arts & Sciences. "Recipients of the Poetry Prize in Honor of May Sarton". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- Lannon.org. "Meghan O'Rourke". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- Poets.org. "Meghan O'Rourke". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- Whiting Foundation. "2017 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grantee: Meghan O'Rourke". Whiting.org. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
- Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2006.
- Website: Official website
- Excerpt: An excerpt from The Long Goodbye, in The New Yorker.
- Audio: Meghan O'Rourke reads "Spectacular" from the book Halflife (via poemsoutloud.net)
- Audio: Meghan O'Rourke reading from Halflife at the Key West Literary Seminar, 2008. (.mp3 / 15:44)
- "Chemotherapy," a poem by Meghan O'Rourke published in Guernica Magazine
- Meghan O'Rourke on Twitter