Megan Pillow (formerly Megan Pillow Davis) is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kentucky. Her work has appeared, among other places, in Electric Literature, SmokeLong Quarterly,  Hobart, Paper Darts, Brevity, Passages North, and Gay Magazine and has been featured in Longreads. She has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, for Best Small Fictions, for Best of the Net, has a story featured on the 2019 Wigleaf Top 50, and has an essay honored as notable in the 2019 edition of The Best American Essays. Megan has received fellowships from Pen Parentis and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and completed a residency with the Ragdale Foundation. She lives in Kentucky with her two children, but a big part of her heart also lives in Portland, Oregon, so she operates mostly on west coast time. Megan is represented by Alyssa Jennette with Stonesong.


Ph.D. in English                                                                 May 2020
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)

M.F.A. in Creative Writing (fiction)                                 May 2001
The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop (Iowa City, IA)

B.A. in English                                                                    May 1999        
Hanover College (Hanover, IN)

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