Meghan O'Rourke

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Meghan O'Rourke
Meghan orourke 2011.jpg
Meghan O'Rourke at the 2011 Texas Book Festival.
Born1976 (age 42–43)
Alma materYale University
Warren Wilson College

Meghan O'Rourke (born 1976 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American nonfiction writer, poet and critic.

Background and education[edit]

O'Rourke is a graduate of Yale, and she received an MFA in creative writing from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.



O'Rourke was formerly a fiction editor at The New Yorker and from 2005-2010 was poetry co-editor at The Paris Review.[1] She is also an occasional contributor to The New York Times. O'Rourke has written on a wide 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,[2][1] 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.[3] She is working on a book about chronic illness.[1] She has been treated for Lyme disease.[4]

On July 1, 2019, O'Rourke became editor of The Yale Review, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of its founding.[5]

Awards and fellowships[edit]



  • O'Rourke, Meghan (2007). Halflife : poems. New York: W. W. Norton.
  • Once: Poems (New York: W. W. Norton, 2011).
  • Sun In Days ((New York: W. W. Norton, 2017).
List of poems
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
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[edit]

  • Brouwer, Joel (April 29, 2007). "Fields of memory". The New York Times. Review of Halflife.


  1. ^ a b c "Meghan O'Rourke Biography". Retrieved 2015-01-27.
  2. ^ Poems Out Loud > Meghan O'Rourke Reads Spectacular
  3. ^ "What's Wrong with Me? I had an autoimmune disease. Then the disease had me". Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  4. ^ "The Mysteries of Chronic Illness". Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  5. ^ "Introducing the New Editor of The Yale Review: Meghan O'Rourke". Literary Hub. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  6. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. "Meghan O'Rourke". Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  7. ^ American Academy of Arts & Sciences. "Recipients of the Poetry Prize in Honor of May Sarton". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Meghan O'Rourke". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Meghan O'Rourke". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  10. ^ Whiting Foundation. "2017 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grantee: Meghan O'Rourke". Retrieved 24 January 2018.


  • Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2006.

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