About Meryl

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Welcome! I’m a writer whose essays show up in prestigious literary magazines as well as lots of places on the internet.

My stuff regularly appears on HelloGiggles, The Billfold, and The Write Life. An essay I wrote called “Housekeeping” appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of Oregon Humanities, and another, “A House Disconnected,” is included in a 2016 Little Fiction | Big Truths print anthology about technology. I write a lot about female friendships, roller derby, and being hearing impaired. I also cover arts and culture for Willamette Week, a Portland weekly alternative paper.

As the Communications Coordinator for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, I maintain AAMA’s social media channels, write articles and press releases, and send out a monthly e-newsletter. I update a blog about social media geared toward those in the window and door industry, and I offer social media consulting.

Before starting at AAMA, I spent a year and a half reporting and creating video packages for Patch while working full-time in Groupon’s editorial department. Before that, I spent a year working as a reporter, followed by two years in public affairs.

I live in Portland, Oregon, after having lived in Chicago for five years. I grew up in southeastern Ohio, where I graduated from Muskingum University with a degree in journalism. I wrote a collection of essays about learning to play roller derby, send out a popular personal newsletter, and host a weekly podcast about underrated pop culture. Want to know more? Get at me!