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.