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 currently serve as senior editor for wine magazine Grape Collective.
My articles have earned mention by Eric Asimov/New York Times, Andrew Sullivan/The Daily Beast, Brain Pickings, Wine Business Monthly, Wine Industry Insight, Organic Wine Journal, TheKitchn, 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 also lead tastings and teach classes on wine, wine and food pairing, and sensory evaluation.
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