Meron Hadero was born in Ethiopia and came to the U.S. in her childhood via East and West Germany. Her short stories—narratives about immigrants, refugees, and displacement—appear in Best American Short Stories, Selected Shorts on NPR/PRI, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Zyzzyva, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, among others. Her writing has also been published in The New York Times Book Review, the anthology The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, and others. She has been a fellow in literature at The Corporation of Yaddo, Ragdale, and MacDowell, where she received an NEA award. Her work has been supported by the International Institute at the University of Michigan, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and Artist Trust. She appeared in San Francisco Magazine’s 2018 feature “Making Waves: 100 Artists Putting the East Bay on the Map,” described as “a master list of musicians, artists, writers, dancers, directors, actors, and poets shaping the culture, all from the East Bay.”
Her interdisciplinary background includes experience as a research analyst for the President of Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a World Affairs Council fellowship, a human rights fellowship with the United Nations and African Union, and contracts with Univision/Fusion Media Group, the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, the Washington State House Democratic Caucus, among other roles. She has volunteered her time to a variety of organizations, including the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Meron holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, a JD from Yale Law School (Washington State Bar), and a BA in history from Princeton with a certificate in American studies.
A member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto, Meron has been selected as a 2019-2020 Steinbeck Fellow and shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize for her story “The Wall” in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern.
“A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times” in The Iowa Review,
“The Street Sweep” in Zyzzyva, Winter 2018.
“The Wall" in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Issue 52, 2018.
“Sinkholes" in Indiana Review, Summer 2017.
“The Suitcase" in Best American Short Stories 2016, the 2016 Best American sampler, and The Missouri Review, Fall 2015.
On Selected Shorts, NPR/PRI read by Renée Elise Goldsberry of Hamilton. Aired January 2017 and September 2018.
Performed for Stories on Stage by Brynn Tucker-Headington, Denver, CO, September 2018.
“Preludes" in The Offing, January 2016.
“Mekonnen aka Mack aka Huey Freakin’ Newton" in Boulevard, Fall 2015. A Distinguished Story in Best American Short Stories 2016.
“Swearing In, January 20, 2009" in The Normal School Online, August 2015.
“Kind Stranger,” forthcoming in Addis Ababa Noir, Akashic Books, TBD.
Contributor, The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Abrams Press, 2018.
Symposium contributor, Boulevard, Fall 2018.
The New York Times Book Review, Kanishk Tharoor's Swimmer Among the Stars, June 11, 2017.
“Letter to a Stranger: Harar, Ethiopia" for Off Assignment, April 2016. Audio at iTunes and SoundCloud.
READINGS & EVENTS
Zyzzyva fundraiser featured guest with Tommy Orange, Matthew Zapruder, and emcee Isaac Fitzgerald. June 21, 2019 at Manny’s San Francisco.
Dog Eared Books, San Francisco: Zyzzyva Winter Issue reading with contributors, December 2018.
City Lights, San Francisco: The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives reading and discussion with anthology editor Viet Thanh Nguyen and contributor Thi Bui, June 2018.
Skylight Books, LA: The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives book launch and discussion with anthology editor Viet Thanh Nguyen and Abrams Press editor Jamison Stoltz, April 2018.
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco: “Authors in Conversation” with novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, June 2017.
Babylon Salon, San Francisco: Reading with Jim Shepard, Hannah Tinti, Lydia Kiesling, and Erin Byrne, June 2017.
Contributor, 642 Stories to Write (on fiction), Chronicle Books, 2016.
Contributor, 642 Things to Write About Me (on memoir), Chronicle Books, 2016.