About Me

In Spanish, the word for book is only one letter different from the word for free.

I currently write for:

Mad in America

Seattle’s street newspaper Real Change

Yes! Magazine

Women in Theology

I have completed a novel manuscript narrated by a homeless woman experiencing Dissociative Identity Disorder and am currently compiling a full-length poetry collection, a Spanish-language chapbook of poetry and a variety of short stories. Here’s a good place to keep up with my work.

 

Is this why people won’t play word games with me?
#bananagrams
#abbreviationscount
#onomatopoeiastoo

I’ve been a saxophone player and registered scuba diver for over half my life. I am an advocate for those experiencing mental and emotional distress (more on my Resources and Reading page). My work at a crisis center in the city that is ground zero of this country’s housing crisis galvanized me to devote more of my vocational and creative efforts on behalf of the marginalized. Living in Seattle at this time is probably like what it was like to live in a city experiencing a gold rush – unpleasant, to understate things. I love words; there is no such thing as “just semantics.” Words are worlds. Words create things and change minds without brain surgery. Words matter. 

I long for human connection, but, because trauma, I’m a bit erinaceous when it comes to new relationships. Still, as a friend said, “Just because it’s difficult to hug a hedgehog doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.” So drop me a line, if you care to, tell me a story, ask me a question (I prefer “where’s the edge?” to “how’s your day?”) and we’ll go from there.

 

Comments

June 26, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Hi Megan, I an writing to ask permission to repost your blog on “To #metoo or not to #me too on WomensVoicesMatter.com



September 12, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Megan, thank you for your excellent piece on David Wallace and suicide in Mad in America. I’ve worked at a small grass-roots agency in the field of suicide prevention for a long time now, and I’ve been banging the “can we move away from the mental-illness theme” drum for that amount of time too. I’m currently reading Suicide and Agency: Anthropological Perspectives on Self-Destruction, Personhood and Power, which is an excellent antidote to the medical-model. I just wanted to let you know how refreshing it was to come across your work.



Jesse Noakes
September 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Hi Megan, as above, just came across your essay on DFW and suicide and merely wanted to let you know rn that I thought it was excellent, and I’ll come back to you and yours when I have more time 🙂



Anonymous woman
September 26, 2018 at 5:04 am

Hi Megan, I am trying to contact you after reading your Mad in America blogs and finding your website – I live in the same state you and am apart of the local psych survivor community, it would be great to connect, at minimum I would love to email you in more detail. Please contact me!



November 25, 2018 at 11:38 am

Megan you write: “I haven’t yet figured out how to put the pangs of nostalgia looking out over Puget Sound at the Olympics give me” so I looked up nostalgia. It is “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.” Did you grow up in the area during better times?



    meganwildhood
    December 4, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Hi Sarah – I didn’t grow up in the area but I did move here during better days, when this city had room for more than rich techies.



April 23, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Dear Megan, I’m an academic from the University of South Dakota School of Law trying to cite your article from XoJane. Unfortunately, as you know, the website is down. Can you please reach out to me? I’d love to interview you or get a copy of the work.

Thank you.



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