Megan Levad

California, United States

Member Since: 09/02/2008

Megan Levad is the author of Why We Live in the Dark Ages, the first selection in Tavern Books' Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series, and What Have I to Say to You, published by Tavern in Fall 2017. Her poems have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Poem-a-Day, Granta, Fence, the Everyman's Library anthology Killer Verse, and London art and fashion magazine AnOther, among other publications. She is currently working on a post-pastoral which was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Summer 2017.

Megan has also written several song cycles and choral pieces, including “Let Us Plant Our Gardens Now,” with Dominick DiOrio, who also set “Broken” with text from What Have I to Say to You, as well as “Volta” and Given a Body with Kristin Kuster, all published by Hal Leonard in the Eugene Rogers Choral Series. Kristin and Megan premiered their first opera, Kept, an ecofeminist Gothic Romance, in May 2017 with the Virginia Arts Festival. When There Are Nine, their song cycle about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will debut at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2019.

Megan received her BA in English from The University of Iowa, then did her graduate work in poetry at the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Program’s Roethke Prize and was selected by Mary Ruefle for a Zell Postgraduate Fellowship. For several years after receiving her MFA from Michigan, Megan was the Assistant Director of the Helen Zell Writers' Program. She now lives in California.



Twitter Username: @meganlevad


  • Why We Live in the Dark Ages , Tavern Books (April 1, 2015)
  • What Have I to Say to You , Tavern Books (December 1, 2017)


  • Assistant Director at Helen Zell Writers' Program, University of Michigan (September 2009 - April 2015)
  • Instructor at New England Literature Program, University of Michigan (April 2015 - June 2015)
  • Adjunct Professor at Boise State University (August 2015 - )
  • Adjunct Professor at College of Western Idaho (August 2015 - December 2016)
  • Writing Consultant at University of San Francisco (January 2017 - May 2018)
  • Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University (August 2017 - December 2017)
  • Adjunct Professor at University of New Mexico - Los Alamos (August 2018 - December 2018)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors and Distinction, art history from The University of Iowa (May 2000)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Michigan (May 2008)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Poetry