In a special event sponsored by the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor Meghan Daum will read from her work. Author Roxane Gay says, “Daum writes with confidence and an elegant defiance of expectation . . . There is no doubt Daum is a brilliant, incisive essayist. I would follow her words anywhere.”
Meghan Daum is the author of the essay collections The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction, and My Misspent Youth. Her other books include the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. She is the editor of the NYT bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. She is an opinion columnist at The L.A. Times, and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA fellowship, and is an adjunct associate professor in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts.