Megan DeMatteo, MA
Most people say they can’t keep up with me.
Having always maintained a writer's curiosity, I’ve spent the past decade traveling the United States and working in regions from the mountains, to the desert, to the coasts. I’ve been a healthcare advocate, a yoga instructor, a community builder, a classroom teacher, a waitress, and more (short stories forthcoming!).
I have written for online publications, nonprofit blogs, and poetry collections. I’ve worked in schools and in community centers, and I’ve taught both-in person and virtually for students of all ages, from many backgrounds, and sometimes in multiple time zones at once.
My first children's book, Naughty Naughty Spiders, was published in 2016 and integrated into a local fourth-grade class's music curriculum the following year. In 2017, pieces from my graduate thesis won the third place poetry prize in San Francisco's Litquake Writing Contest. I’m currently working on a collection of fiction.
As academics go, I have an MA in Creative Writing and Narrative Healthcare from Lenoir-Rhyne University and a BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Tennessee. Outside the classroom, I completed a 200 hour yoga training. I then deepened my study of the Sri Vidya Tantra tradition and earned my 500 hour RYT in 2016.
After ten years of travel plus a summer in writing residency at Trinity College, Dublin, I’ve decided to park it back in Baltimore where I was raised. Until the travel bug bites again, you should be able to find me here. I live with my cat and raise money for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Come find me at an upcoming conference!