Maegan Poland is a fiction writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in English from the University of Nevada, where she was a Black Mountain Institute PhD Fellow. She also holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Mississippi, as well as a BFA in Writing for Screen & Television from the University of Southern California, where she was a Trustee Scholar.
Her debut short story collection What Makes You Think You’re Awake? won the Bakwin Award and is forthcoming in 2021 from Blair Press. Her writing has been published in Pleiades, Mississippi Review, Juked, Beloit Fiction Journal, Notre Dame Review, Day One, LitHub, and elsewhere. She received a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize XL anthology for her story “Spores,” and she was named a Tin House Scholar at the 2018 Winter Workshop. In 2019, her story “Milking” was a finalist in the Mississippi Review Fiction Prize, and she received a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation to support her writing. She has served as Fiction Editor for Witness magazine, and as a Managing Editor for Yalobusha Review.
As an Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University, she teaches creative writing at Drexel Storylab and composition in the First-Year Writing Program. Currently, she is working on a novel.