About Meryl

meryl-headshot-corn-mazeWelcome! I’m a writer whose essays regularly appear 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. Sometimes I cover arts and culture for The Portland Mercury, a weekly alternative paper.

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 bonds and friendships between women, roller derby, and being hearing impaired.

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 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 Columbus, Ohio after having lived in Chicago for five years and Portland, Oregon for one year. 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 learning to play roller derby. I send out a popular personal newsletter called The Sleeper Hit and host a weekly podcast about underrated pop culture of the same name. I’m also the host of Story Club Columbus, a monthly nonfiction storytelling showcase.

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