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July 2017 Meeting - Meredith May and The Art of Ghostwriting

Jul 11 2017

Meredith May

“The Art of Ghostwriting”




Meredith May is an award-winning journalist and writer of I, WHO DID NOT DIE, (Regan Arts, 2017) about an Iranian child soldier who finds a young Iraqi enemy dying in a bunker during the Iran-Iraq War and commits an astonishing act of bravery and kindness that changes the course of both of their lives.

As a longtime San Francisco Chronicle staff writer, Meredith’s work has garnered numerous awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and first place feature writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press. Her series about an Iraqi boy wounded during the second Gulf War was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.

Her writing is included in the book, Best Newspaper Writing 2005, published by the American Society of Newspaper Editors; and her investigation into sex trafficking links between South Korea and San Francisco massage parlors led to legislative change and was turned into a graphic novel by Stanford University. Meredith has discussed her work on National Public Radio, at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and in many other media outlets.

Meredith teaches podcasting at her alma mater, Mills College in Oakland. She is a co-founder of bigTINY, a pop-up literary salon held in a former Italian basement boxing club in Oakland that spotlights emerging Bay Area writers, musicians, photographers, painters and offbeat creative pranksters.

A fifth-generation beekeeper, Meredith keeps hives in a San Francisco urban farm where she uses the organic methods she learned as a child from her beekeeper grandfather in Big Sur. She lectures frequently on apiculture, most recently at theMonterey Bay Aquarium. She supplies honey to a small-batch chocolatier and a handful of sustainable restaurants in SanFrancisco, Monterey and Carmel.

She holds an MFA degree in creative nonfiction from Goucher College in Maryland and has received residencies and grants from Hedgebrook, the American Association of University Women, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Meredith lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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