Megan McNamer’s first novel Children and Lunatics (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) won the Big Moose Prize. Her second novel, Home Everywhere, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2018.
Megan’s essays have appeared in Salon, Sports Illustrated, The Sun, Tropic Magazine (of The Miami Herald) and Islands Magazine, and she has won finalist, semi-finalist, and honorable mention awards for essays and fiction from New Millennium, Glimmer Train, Writers@Work, the University of New Orleans Writing Contest for Study Abroad, the Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing Solas Awards for 2016, Carve Magazine’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest for 2016, and Cutthroat Magazine. Her work appears in the anthologies Whatever it Takes: Women on Women’s Sport; The Adventure of Food: True Stories of Eating Everything; Headwaters; The Quill Reader; and Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear.
She grew up in northern Montana, studied music at the University of Montana, and has an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington. She lives in Missoula, Montana, where she frequently performs Balinese gamelan music with Manik Harum, a Missoula community gamelan.