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Megan Mayhew Bergman

Photo credit: Nina Subin  Header image: Model Book of Calligraphy; 1561; public domain

Photo credit: Nina Subin

Header image: Model Book of Calligraphy; 1561; public domain

Megan Mayhew Bergman was raised in eastern North Carolina and now lives on a small farm in Vermont. She serves as the Director of Middlebury's Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference, and Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College. She is currently writing a column for The Guardian on the American south and climate change.  

Megan studied anthropology at Wake Forest University, and completed graduate degrees at Duke University (MA) and Bennington College (MFA). She's had fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the American Library in Paris.  The Fellowship of Southern Writers awarded her the Garrett Award for Fiction in April 2015. 

Scribner published her first story collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, in March 2012, which was a Barnes and Noble Discover pick, Indie Next selection, and one of Huffington Post's Best Books of 2012.  Scribner published Almost Famous Women in January 2015, also an Indie Next selection.  Her novel is under contract and will publish in 2020.

She has been an essayist for The Paris Review and contributes literary criticism to The Washington Post and New York Times.  Her work has been translated into German, Italian, and Dutch. Her stories have been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts and in Best American Short Stories 2011 and 2015. 

Megan has served on the board of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont and was elected a Justice of the Peace in her community. She has also traveled to Northern Kenya with the non-profit BOMA Project and has worked closely with Georgia non-profit One Hundred Miles.


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Almost Famous Women

"Lovely and heartbreaking..."         
  -Anjelica Huston

"Megan Mayhew Bergman breathes life into lives that men and history have cast aside. It is rare that an author is as fearless as her characters. Bergman is, and Almost Famous Women is a stunning feat of great daring." 
-Lily King, author of Euphoria

"...original and surprising..." starred review from Kirkus

"Generally speaking, most of the "almost famous" women in this compelling collection fit in that intriguing category — trouble either found them or they stirred trouble up. You'll learn a lot about these women's unruly lives by reading Bergman's stories, but you'll also probably come away feeling that most were pretty difficult women, better to read about than to meet in person. Bergman right now may be an "almost famous woman" herself — a recognized minor name in contemporary literature. But if she keeps on writing these kinds of intense, richly imagined tales, who knows where she'll end up?" -Maureen Corrigan, NPR



Megan’s photographs and videos have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and The Guardian.

She has also collaborated with dancer and choreographer Annie Wang on a project based on Megan’s short story about James Joyce’s daughter, Lucia.

Birds of a Lesser PAradise

Megan's first collection, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer’s Selection, as well as an Indie Next PickAmazon Top Ten pick, and BookBrowse Editor's selection for March.  The book earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly;  O Magazine included BOLP as a Must-Read book for March. Huffington Post selected BOLP as one of their Best Books of 2012.

"We want stories to stir our desires. We also want them to lead us to places we don’t recognize and build us a temporary residence there. Bergman provides alluring glimpses into the strangeness, the ruthlessness, of the animal kingdom." -New York Times

Megan is represented by Julie Barer of The Book Group.  Megan can be reached at mayhewbergman at or found on Twitter @mayhewbergman.