I have particular interest in traditional foodways, including artisanal food and wine production, sustainable agriculture, and the intersection of nature and culture. I like food that’s handmade, home-grown, and minimally manipulated, and I’m deeply interested in people who are working that way now: traditionalists with a modern spirit.
My writing has appeared in a range of print and digital publications, including Serious Eats, Edible Communities, Palate Press, and Alimentum: The Literature of Food. I’ve guided editorial strategy for the launch of three wine publications and currently serve as Editor at Large for the new wine magazine Grape Collective. My top articles enjoy 10,000 to 25,000+ unique readers.
My articles have earned mention by Eric Asimov/New York Times, Andrew Sullivan/The Daily Beast, BuzzFeed, Brain Pickings, TheKitchn, Wine Business Monthly, Wine Industry Insight, Organic Wine Journal, The Browser, and other publications. I’ve been a Wine Blog Awards finalist in Best Writing (2013) and Blog Post of the Year (2012) categories, and was honored as a Top Wine News Blog in the 2014 Millésima Awards. In 2011 my memoir, “Making it Home,” won the Nicholas Byam-Shaw Thesis Excellence Award for Creative Writing.
I’m a juried member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the national organization of independent nonfiction writers whose 1,300 members have met ASJA’s exacting standards of professional achievement. I’m also a professional member of the French Wine Society, the Society of Wine Educators, and the Guild of Sommeliers. A Certified Specialist of Wine, I lead tastings and teach classes on wine, wine and food pairing, and sensory evaluation. For two years I served as consumer marketing director for Bonny Doon Vineyard working with winemaker Randall Grahm.
I earned a bachelor’s degree Summa cum Laude in Visual Studies and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies/Creative Writing, both from Dartmouth College. You can find additional nonfiction work, an expanded bio, and a selected list of recent articles on my main website, megmaker.com.
I do accept samples for review, and publish my notes here and elsewhere. I also travel extensively and welcome invitations to join media trips. Please view my sample and travel policy for details.
Thanks for reading.
Meg Houston Maker