About Meryl

meryl-strong-as-hellWelcome! I’m a writer whose work regularly appears in The Establishment, The Billfold, Apartment TherapyExtra Crispy, and The Write Life. I’m a reporter for ClintonvilleSpotlight, a hyperlocal newspaper about the Clintonville neighborhood, and Columbus Alive, a local alt weekly. Sometimes I cover arts and culture for The Portland Mercury.

I have an essay appearing in the forthcoming book, The Columbus Anthology, from Belt Publishing, coming out in September 2018. 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.

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 several e-newsletters. Before starting at AAMA, I spent 18 months freelance reporting and creating video packages for Patch while working full-time in Groupon’s editorial department. Before that, I spent time working as a newspaper reporter.

I live in Ohio after having lived in Chicago and Portland, Oregon. I grew up in southeastern Ohio, where I graduated from Muskingum University with a degree in journalism. I am seeking representation for a collection of essays I wrote about love, loss, and roller derby. I send out a popular personal newsletter called The Sleeper Hit and host a podcast about underrated pop culture of the same name. I also co-host Texas Forever, a Friday Night Lights re-cap podcast. I’m the host and producer of Story Club Columbus, a monthly nonfiction storytelling showcase.

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