Meghan Bell is an editor, writer, poet, graphic designer, interdisciplinary artist, and the former publisher (2015-2019) of Room Magazine, Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal. Her writing has appeared in over a dozen literary journals and magazines, including Rattle, Joyland, Grain, The Puritan, Prairie Fire, The Walrus, and Contemporary Verse 2, as well as in festivals such as the Vancouver and Victoria Fringe Festivals and the Victoria Film Festival. Meghan has worked in marketing, digital communications, and grant-writing for multiple arts organizations in the Lower Mainland, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Honda Celebration of Light, and Just For Laughs NorthWest. In 2017, along with her colleagues at Room, she co-founded the feminist literary and arts festival Growing Room, and acted as the festival’s marketing and development manager for its first three years. She also was the lead editor, designer, and project coordinator for the publication of the magazine’s fortieth anthology, Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press, 2017).
Shortly before the 2019 Canadian election, Meghan published an essay on The Walrus arguing for a wealth tax within Canada, drawing on her experiences as the child of multimillionaire capitalists to explore the pathologies of the very rich. The essay went on to win silver in the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards. She has since written about wealth, narcissism, and the dangers of capitalism for The Tyee and Passage. In November 2019, Meghan joined Resource Movement, a community of young Canadians with wealth and/or class privilege working toward the redistribution of wealth, land, and power.
Meghan has two degrees from the University of Victoria (BSc Honours Psychology, BA Creative Writing, 2011), and is completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her first book, a short story collection, will be published by Book*hug in 2021. She lives and writes on the traditional, unceded, and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish peoples (Vancouver, BC).
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Meghan Bell’s writing has appeared in over a dozen publications, most recently in The Tyee, The Walrus, Rattle, Grain, and CV2. Her first collection of short stories, Erase and Rewind, will be published by Book*hug in 2021.
All photos by Erin Flegg