Meghan Adler has been a professional educator for over 25 years, previously in New York, where her teaching experience was profiled in The New York Times. Meghan currently works as a learning and literacy specialist at a private school in the Bay Area, and also offers individual learning support and mentoring to students and their families. Meghan holds a BS in Elementary Education, as well as an MS in Reading, and has served as an adjunct professor of literacy at Hofstra University’s Graduate School of Education. In San Francisco, she volunteers her time at 826 Valencia, where she mentors young writers. In honor of her excellent work and dedication to 826, Meghan was named the Tutor of the Month. Some of her lessons were recently chosen to be included in the book Don’t Forget to Write: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for the Elementary Grades, published by 826 National, edited by Jennifer Traig and Dave Eggers.
Meghan honed her craft at The Writers Studio in New York and served as an artist-in-residence at the Makor/Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. She was awarded first prize in Lumina’s 2004 National Poetry Contest, judged by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins; given Honorable Mention and Editor’s Choice in the 2006 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards; nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize in Poetry; named a Finalist in the 2008 Muriel Craft Bailey Award Contest; given a Honorable Mention in the 2008 Rattle Poetry Contest; and was the Winner in the Poets 11/San Francisco Public Library 2010 Poetry Contest. One of her poems is now featured on a wine bottle for Eric Kent Wine Cellars and another is included in an anthology, Illuminations, published by Ten Speed Press. Her poetry has also appeared in Alimentum, The Comstock Review, Eclipse, Gastronomica, The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, The Ledge, The North American Review, Oberon, Paterson Literary Review, Rattle, Watershed, and Zeek.net.