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From The New Yorker February 2010.
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Meghan O'Rourke
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Meghan O'Rourke

Born in New York, New York in 1976, Meghan O'Rourke graduated magna cum laude from Yale and received her MFA from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She began her literary career as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker, where she also worked as a fiction/nonfiction editor in 2000.

O'Rourke's first book of poetry, Halflife (W.W. Norton, 2007), was a finalist for Britain's Forward First Book Prize. Her second book, Once will be published by W.W. Norton in 2011.

Poet and New York Times reviewer Joel Brouwer compared the tone of Halflife to Elizabeth Bishop's: "O'Rourke makes room for many fields of memory in these poems, but locks many others away, often by employing a bemused, detached tone reminiscent of the famously reticent Elizabeth Bishop."

Formerly the poetry editor of the Paris Review and the literary editor of Slate Magazine, she is also a widely published critic and has contributed to The New York Times Book Review and the New Yorker. She received the 2005 Union League and Civic Arts Foundation Award from the Poetry Foundation as well as a Pushcart Prize and the May Sarton Poetry Prize from the Academy of Arts and Science.

Poems by
Meghan O'Rourke

Demeter in Paris
My Aunts
My Life as a Subject
Ophelia to the Court

Prose by
Meghan O'Rourke

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