I am currently seeking representation for my 2018 collection of essays about love, loss, and roller derby. Below are some materials about this book. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
About the Book
Following grief, a devastating breakup, and the national election of a man who hates women, writer Meryl Williams found comfort in a full-contact sport and the friendships she formed playing it. She played roller derby in three different states during three transitional years of her life. Her essays are about losing her mother three weeks before she graduated from college, taking a sexual harasser to court, and coping with the fallout of the 2016 presidential election by crashing into other furious, wonderful women on skates. From the story of a summer spent working as a hotel housekeeper with her lifelong friend the summer her mother was dying to detailing how a Rilo Kiley album propelled her to move to a new city and state, these essays tell the story of a search for independence, confidence, strength, and community.
About the Author
Williams is a freelance journalist. She graduated from Muskingum University with a degree in journalism in 2007 and has worked in newspapers and marketing ever since. She is a TV writer for Apartment Therapy and her byline regularly appears in places like The Billfold, The Belladonna Comedy, and several other publications. She was born with moderate to severe hearing loss and in 2017, she wrote a three-part series about the high cost of purchasing hearing aids. She sends out a popular TinyLetter to hundreds of subscribers every two weeks and hosts two podcasts: one about underrated pop culture, and a new one about Friday Night Lights. She also hosts a live nonfiction storytelling show.
Her essay, “A Summer of Housekeeping in Ohio,” was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Oregon Humanities, and another, “A House Disconnected,” appears in a 2016 Little Fiction | Big Truths print anthology about technology. She often writes about roller derby, feminism, and grief, among other topics. She grew up in southeastern Ohio, but now lives in Columbus, after spending five years in Chicago and one in Portland, Oregon. These days, she skates with Ohio Roller Derby.
Writing samples by Meryl Williams
- Housekeeping, Oregon Humanities
- A House Disconnected, Little Fiction | Big Truths
- The Cost of Being Hearing Impaired in America, The Billfold
- What It’s Like to be a Hard of Hearing Roller Derby Skater, Roller Derby For Beginners
- The Cab Driver, Story Club Magazine
Sample chapters available upon request.