Megan K. England is a writer and YA librarian living in the mountainy parts of Virginia. Before that, she was an experimental music composer, a book store clerk, a concessions worker, a customer service punching bag, a teaching assistant, and many other things that will never be nearly as cool. Young Adult is her category of choice for both writing and librarianing; she spends her days hanging out with teens at the library and thinks they’re the best people to write about.
Her professional writing and research includes topics close to her heart such as LGBTQ fiction for teens, diversity in youth literature, and makerspaces in public libraries. She is a member of many outstanding professional groups for writers and librarians (listed below) and is an active presenter at local and national conferences. Megan identifies as queer (bisexual and genderqueer) and is a fierce defender of fandom, fanworks, and fan culture.
When she’s not writing or librarianing, Megan can be found drowning in fandom, going to conventions, climbing on things the woods, feeding her video game addiction, or improvising truly terrible songs about her dogs. She loves Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. Advice: Never bring up Sherlock Holmes around her. You will regret it.
M.S. in Library Science – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013)
M.A. in Music Composition – University of Virginia (2010)
B.A. in Digital Arts – Stetson University (2008)
Professional Memberships and Affiliations:
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Mid-Atlantic Region)
American Library Association
Young Adult Library Services Association
New Jersey Library Association
— Rising Star Award (2015)
— Library Service Award, as coordinator for the winning Teen Advisory Group (2015)
— Young Adult Services Section (vice president 2015-2016, secretary 2014-2015)
— Emerging Leaders (class of 2014-2015)
Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society
National Novel Writing Month Municipal Liaison
#PitchWars Mentor, 2016 & 2017 (co-mentoring with Jamie Pacton)
#PitchWars Mentee, Class of 2015 (mentored by Sarah Glenn Marsh)