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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 Comparative Literature, Cornell University
  • 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
Meredith Talusan

Visiting Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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