Megan Levad is the author of What Have I to Say to You (Tavern Books, 2017), and Why We Live in the Dark Ages, the first selection in Tavern Books' Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series. A Summer 2017 MacDowell Fellow, her poems and essays have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, Tin House, Boston Review, Granta Online, Fence, the Everyman's Library anthology Killer Verse, and London art and fashion magazine AnOther, among other publications.
Megan is also a lyricist and librettist. She has written several song cycles and choral pieces, including “Broken” and "Let Us Plant Our Gardens Now," with composer Dominick DiOrio, and "Volta," with Kristin Kuster. Kristin and Megan premiered their first opera, Kept, in May 2017 with the Virginia Arts Festival; When There Are Nine, their song cycle about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will debut at the Cabrillo Festival in Summer 2019.
Megan received her BA in English from The University of Iowa, then did her graduate work in poetry at the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Program’s Roethke Prize and was selected by Mary Ruefle for a Zell Postgraduate Fellowship. Born and raised in rural Iowa, she now lives in California, teaching writing, ethics, and environmental justice.