A Multi-Genre Writer and Educator
in Portland, Oregon
"THE SEAMSTRESS LOVES THE WOLFBOY"
Short Story on the Podcast, More Devotedly
(art by Lettie Jane Rennekamp)
"The month before the seamstress is scheduled to marry the Wolf Boy, she becomes unbearably curious about the man beneath the hair. Although her love for the Wolf Boy is built on a foundation of two souls keeping pleasant company regardless of physical appearances, the truth is, the seamstress deals in material goods, makes her livelihood trading in visual commodities, and that is how she finds herself, sitting next to the Wolf Boy on their train ride to Chicago, where he will meet her family, running her fingers through the hair on the back of his hand, and imagining how she might ask him to shave, only once, not forever, for the sake of her love."
THE UGLY SWEATER
Flash Nonfiction in
The Gravity of the Thing
"We divvy up the shirts while your body is still there in the room. The hospice worker helps us. We need to know what you should wear when your body is sent away to the place where bodies go..."
MASSAGING THE SITE
Poem in Sixth Finch
(image -- issue cover art)
"I am injecting the medication
that slows disease progression,
while you watch
in which giraffes are born."
I'm a member emeritus of the Portland-based writing group, The Riot.
I have collaborated with international performer, director, and scholar Rosalie Purvis for over 20 years.
I am the co-creator of Porchlight, a long-distance
interchange of the spirit, with journalist, interior designer, and artist Christina Poletto.
Megan Savage is a multi-genre writer living in Portland, Oregon.
She was a featured reader at the 2020 Portland Poetry Festival, and her poetry is forthcoming in Voicemail Poems and Pandemic of Perspectives: Creative Re-imaginings on Routledge Press.
Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in such publications as Sixth Finch, FE Magazine, Hunger Mountain, Plainsongs, Spork, Subtropics, and Blunderbuss; and she has been nominated twice for Best New American Voices.
Her writing has been adapted for performance by, among others, international performing arts collective Chaepani.
She holds a BA from Bard College, and MA and MFA degrees from Indiana University, where she served as Fiction Editor of Indiana Review.
Writing, marketing and editorial clients have included Bradley Angle House; The Providence Children's Museum; The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity; Storymatic; and Disjecta, LLC.
She has worked as an educator in Providence, RI; Boston, MA; Bloomington, IN; Putney, VT; and Vancouver, WA. Currently, she teaches writing at Portland Community College where she serves on the Steering Committee for the Carolyn Moore Writers House, the first and only housed residency at a community college.
Areas of interest include Children's Literature, Women/Queer Writers, Technical/Professional Writing, Illness Narratives & the Medical Humanities, Hybrid & Online Pedagogies, and Creative Writing Pedagogies.
She has many beloveds, including 22 first cousins and a dog named Fig.
To contact Megan regarding bookings (readings or workshops), publications, interviews, or editorial work:
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Portrait of me (shadowboxing in front of a full moon) by my supremely talented former student, Von Hemert