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Awards & Recognition:

Finalist - 2018 Public Poetry Contest


Third Place Prize in Poetry - 2017 LitQuake Writing Contest

Megan DeMatteo

My first position after college was serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in rural Utah, and it would forever change my understanding of my country. I’ve been lucky enough to spend time in most regions of the United States. When I travel, I never just vacation. I move to a place, find work, and get to know its people.

People. This is my primary motivation for writing. I want to understand them, know what they care about, learn their points of view. I’m curious how people form opinions, behaviors, and preferences. I try to heal wounds that are long outdated.

Loving people means learning language – the sounds, the gestures, the expressions. In 2012, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and spent two years in nonprofit work involving translation & interpretation.

In 2016, I earned my MA in Creative Writing and Narrative Healthcare from Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville. I wrote a poetry collection about my ancestors, trying to understand why they made the choices they made, trying to speak their language, – long bred out of me through years of formal education.

Loving people also means learning bodies. In the past decade, I’ve completed 500 hours of study in tantric Hatha yoga, and I taught small-group yoga and writing sessions for two years in Asheville, North Carolina.

After that I became a teacher. I worked in classrooms from coast to coast – from rural North Carolina to Silicon Valley, and back to industrial Baltimore. I published my first children's book in 2016 and helped integrate it into a Bay Area elementary school music curriculum the following year.

Now, in my home state of Maryland, I raise money for AWP, freelance for creative businesses, and sprinkle my food with Old Bay.

I’m currently working on a collection of fiction.


I’ve worked with:

Bloomforth

Bloomforth provides an all-in-one digital sales platform for artisans, retailers and wholesalers. With consistent sales from its other marketing channels, Bloomforth identified its blog as an underutilized opportunity for lead generation and conversion.

With the goal of providing entrepreneurs a hub for small business education, I provide Bloomforth with valuable content for their target audience. My services increase customer engagement, generate sales, and add hours back to Bloomforth's work week.

The Moab Valley Multicultural Center

After earning a grant from Third Sun Productions, the Moab Valley Multicultural Center needed help designing and writing a social justice curriculum to accompany its Multicultural Mural.

With the organization's input, I wrote lesson plans featuring nine prominent civil rights leaders who championed and organized social change. The curriculum is designed for parents, teachers, and other educators who work with grades 6-12. 

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Ashevillage Urban Farm School

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Urban Farm School is a full-season, hands-on permaculture apprenticeship program. 

I enjoyed providing my content marketing services to this organization. My work involved writing weekly blogs, crafting social media posts, contributing original photography, and engaging local and national press publications.

Yoga Basics

YogaBasics.com was launched in 2001 to provide a comprehensive online resource for yoga. The website offers educational articles about yoga postures, sequences, yoga therapy, and more.

As a staff writer, I contributed articles to support this mission and help yoga practitioners world-wide develop and understand their practices.