Meghan O’Rourke began her career as a fiction and nonfiction editor at The New Yorker. Since then, she has served as culture editor and literary critic for Slate as well as poetry editor and advisory editor for The Paris Review. Her essays, criticism, and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry. O’Rourke is the author of the bestselling memoir The Long Goodbye (2011) and the poetry collections Once (2011) and Halflife (2007), which was a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain’s Forward First Book Prize.
O'Rourke is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, the May Sarton Poetry Prize, the Union League Prize for Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Front Page Award for her cultural criticism.
A graduate of Yale University, she teaches at Princeton and New York University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.