Megan Mayhew Bergman
Megan Mayhew Bergman was raised in North Carolina and now lives on a small farm in Vermont. She is the Associate Director of Bennington College's MFA program.
Megan studied anthropology at Wake Forest University, and completed graduate degrees at Duke University (MA) and Bennington College (MFA). She has had fellowships from Breadloaf Writer's 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, and NEIBA Bestseller. Her novel, The Exhibition, will publish in 2018.
She is a regular 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 was elected a Justice of the Peace for Shaftsbury, Vermont, and serves on the board of directors for the Governor's Institutes of Vermont. She also works closely with several non-profits, such as The BOMA Project and Bennington Child Services.
New Yorker's Page Turner
The Paris Review
- The Age of Environmental Anxiety
- The Long & Pretty Goodbye
- Sontag & the Great American Lawn
- The Trojan Horse of Pop
- Sentinel Species
- The Feminine Heroic
New York Times
- On Ceridwen Dovey's Only the Animals
- On Tupelo Hassman's Girlchild
- On Melissa Coleman's This Life is In Your Hands
Megan's short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2011 and 2015, and in places such as McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Tin House, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, One Story, and Oxford American.
Almost Famous Women
"Lovely and heartbreaking..."
"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
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 Pick, Amazon 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