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Megan Milks writes experimental prose and literary criticism. Their fiction explores queer/trans adolescence, massive feelings, and the tensions between form and voice. The stories in their first book, Kill Marguerite and Other Stories, 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. Milks is also the recipient of the 2019 Lotos Foundation Prize for Excellence in Fiction Writing; and was named one of Dazed Digital’s “LGBT Writers to Watch” in 2016. They 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.  Their 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. They also guest edited The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, 2011-2013, published in March 2015.

Milks’ 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, their essay on Kate Zambreno’s novel Green Girl won a Critical Hit Award from Electric Lit.

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

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

Milks lives in Brooklyn and is represented by Rach Crawford at Mackenzie Wolf Literary Services.

Contact: megan dot milks at gmail dot com.

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