Special thanks to the Montana Arts Council, the L.E.A.W. Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) for writing support.
Megan McNamer’s novel Children and Lunatics (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) won the Big Moose Prize. Sometimes comic, often eerie, it evokes the muted lunacy and general unease of the post-9/11 Bush years, as played out through odd characters inhabiting lonely houses and quiet streets.
Her second novel, Home Everywhere (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), follows a group of confused tourists visiting an unnamed country in Asia and tells how they got there and where they think they're going.
Megan McNamer'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, Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest for 2016, Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest for 2020 and Tucson Festival of Books Literary Festival 2021Awards (second place winner in Fiction).
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; Truth to Power: Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear; and Bright Bones: An Anthology of Contemporary Montana Writing.
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.