My name is Meghan O’Rourke, and I’m a New York Times bestselling author, poet, editor, and podcaster. My work often tackles challenging subjects such as chronic illness and grief, which can be difficult to write and speak about, of course, but also to experience firsthand. Here’s more of my story…
I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, with my two brothers and our large, rambunctious dogs. My mother and father were teachers. When I was five, my mother gave me a notebook and told me to write down interesting, strange, or troubling things I saw. And so I knew from a young age I wanted to be a writer.
Soon after I graduated from Yale in 1997—and as I was first embarking upon my career as a journalist and teacher—I began experiencing strange physical symptoms, like electric shocks, fatigue, and tremors, which at first came and went…. As I write in my book The Invisible Kingdom, I got sick the way Hemingway says you go broke: “gradually then suddenly.”