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I write fiction, personal nonfiction, and literary criticism. My fiction explores queer/trans adolescence, massive feelings, and the tensions between form and voice. My first novel, Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body, is forthcoming in Fall 2021 from Feminist Press.

Also in 2021, Feminist Press will be publishing Slug and Other Stories, a revised new edition of my first book, Kill Marguerite and Other Stories. Many of the stories in Slug/Kill Marguerite recombine popular genres and forms, including video games, teen magazines, lesbian pop songs, and body horror. Kill Marguerite won the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Award in Fiction and was named a Lambda Literary finalist in Debut Fiction.

After several years of not publishing much, I am celebrating four books coming out in 2021! Here are the other two: Remember the Internet: Tori Amos Bootleg Webring is a short nonfiction book blending music criticism and memoir that’s part of Instar Press’ new series of books on internet history. I am also co-editing, with Marisa Crawford, a new anthology called We Are the Baby-Sitters Club: Essays and Art from Grown-Up Readers, which collects writing and art related to the iconic series, forthcoming from Chicago Review Press.

I am the recipient of the 2019 Lotos Foundation Prize for Excellence in Fiction Writing; I was named one of Dazed Digital’s “LGBT Writers to Watch” in 2016. I have published four chapbooks, most recently Kicking the Baby, an essay in four sections published by Another Planet Press in April 2019, and The Feels, a cross-genre exploration of fan fiction and affect released by Black Warrior Press in 2016.  My stories have been published in three anthologies, as well as many journals including FencePANK, LIT, Western Humanities Review, and Yes Femmes; two have been adapted for performance. I also guest edited The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, 2011-2013, published in March 2015.

My criticism concentrates on contemporary literature, film, and performance and visual art, and has been published or is forthcoming on 4ColumnsBookforumLos Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, Fanzine, and the collective blog Montevidayo (now defunct), among other venues. In 2014, my essay on Kate Zambreno’s novel Green Girl won a Critical Hit Award from Electric Lit.

In addition to contemporary art and literature, my interests include transgender, queer, feminist, and disability studies, asexuality studies, and critical psychiatry. The volume Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives, which I co-edited with KJ Cerankowski, was published by Routledge in March 2014 and has recently been released in paperback.

I am currently fiction editor at The Account. I teach writing at The New School and gender and women’s studies at Pace University. I received my Ph.D. in English Studies from the University of Illinois and my M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Temple, where I worked with Samuel R. Delany.

I use they/them pronouns.

I live in Brooklyn and am represented by Rach Crawford at Mackenzie Wolf Literary Services.

Contact: megan dot milks at gmail dot com.

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