Who I Am
I write features, profiles, and blog entries for major outlets, along with advertorials and "edvertorials." I’ve contributed to four books. The New York Times praised my work for a travel anthology.
My work frequently appears on UtneDigest.com, TheAtlantic.com, TheAtlanticCities.com, TheAlanticWire.com, and GuernicaMag.com. My magazine work has appeared in Time Out, Maxim, and USAirways.
Copy writing and ghosting clients include: a politically centrist group for whom I blogged daily, Knob Creek Bourbon (I wrote their Website), Capella University (their Web and print infographics), Lincoln Motor Co., Zezza/Tenthwave, The Economist, The Atlantic, Condé Nast Traveler, and The New Yorker.
I'm a former editor and writer of special sections for The New Yorker magazine. I’ve been a managing editor at Forbes, Inc., an editor of a celebrity-oriented glossy, a research editor, an associate editor, and a fact checker.
I'm also a Senior Editor/Fiction Editor at Guernica. Esquire cited my work. The pieces I’ve edited have won awards such as Best of the Web, Best of the Net, and Africa’s top literary prize.
My fiction has appeared in many journals, been anthologized, and nominated for prizes, including a Pushcart and Million Writers. I’ve received scholarships—most notably to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Summer Literary Seminars, in Russia. I also speak about writing and editing at conferences and universities: New York, Boston, Vermont, and Lisbon, Portugal.
My Info and Clips
Books I Contributed to
- Meakin Armstrong on Peter Stamm on Guernica
- Haniya Rae on Peter Stamm on Guernica
- Loree on Belated Posting: Publishers Weekly on Guernica
- Last Night’s Reading | Meakin Armstrong on Reading: Freerange Nonfiction, May 5th
- Last Night’s Reading | Meakin Armstrong on Reading: MR. Beller’s Neighborhood, Feb 14th
Category Archives: Writing Samples
I wrote a flash fiction piece for the online journal, Joe + Gigs. Joe + Gigs is an ekphrastic site: all stories are in some way about paintings. For no reason at all (other than I’d given myself about an hour or … Continue reading
I wrote this brief memoir piece called “Most of This is True” about my life in Charleston, South Carolina during the 1980s: nightly parties, filth and despair, people having orgies on my living room floor, a roommate who stabbed me in the … Continue reading
I have a short fiction piece in the latest issue of Wigleaf. Wigleaf is one of the top journals of super-short fiction (fiction of the very sort that Guernica, by the way, does not usually run). I love Wigleaf—the stuff … Continue reading
As I’d noted earlier, I’ll be writing an occasional blog for The Atlantic on business trends. The link is here and it’ll be updated on Tuesdays and Fridays.
As noted earlier, I wrote a piece for The Atlantic, using Google Maps. It was a highly complex project and difficult to execute–I wrote pithy listings for some 125 spots all over the world. I also provided the client with … Continue reading
I lost a few friends over this one (but in the end, gained more than I’d lost) One guy, a writer I’ve published, called me all sort of names. Maybe you’ll hate it, too.
I just rewrote the entire website for an ultra-premium bourbon company. I wrote thousands of words and did a lot of research on bourbon, its history, and the proper way to drink it. Now, I know a great deal more … Continue reading
Newsonomics has a piece on its blog comparing Patch.com news report with one in the Contra Costa Times. Contra Costa has better reporting. But Patch had more interaction with its readers. It also had better SEO and was listed higher … Continue reading