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Meredith Talusan, MFA

Antioch University Los Angeles

Meredith Talusan (she/they) is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Fairest from Viking/Penguin Random House, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She is also an award-winning journalist who has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, WIRED, SELF, and Condé Nast Traveler, among many other publications, and has contributed to several collections of essays and fiction. She has received awards from GLAAD, The Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. She is also the founding executive editor of them, Condé Nast’s LGBTQ+ digital platform, where she is currently contributing editor.

Educational History

MA in Comaprative Literature, Cornell Unviersity
MFA in Fiction, Cornell University
MFA in Visual Art, California College of the Arts
BA in English Literature, Harvard College

Fairest: A Memoir, Viking / Penguin Random House


Anonymous Sex
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture
Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger
Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America

2020 Finalist, Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Nonfiction

2017 GLAAD Media Award for Digital Journalism

2017 Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award

2017 Deadline Award from the Society for Professional Journalists

2015 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Digital Journalism

Board Member, Electric Literature

Former Board Member, American LGBTQ+ Museum

Former Board Member, Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance

Member, Transgender Journalists Association

Visiting Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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