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​meagan day is a freelance writer who focuses on politics, social movements, labor, law and history. her book maximum sunlight, a journalistic portrait of a remote town in nevada's great basin, is available from e.m. wolfman and will be excerpted in the best american nonrequired reading, 2017.

she was a ben bagdikian editorial fellow at mother jones, and is an at-large editor at full stop. she's a former staff writer for timeline, and her work has also appeared in n+1, the new inquiry, the ​believer, the towner, the morning news, sfmoma's open space, salon and elsewhere. she has worked at aeon magazine, mcsweeney's publishing and time out istanbul, and interned at granta magazine.

she lives in the san francisco bay area, and is taking commissions for freelance work. follow her on twitter at @meaganmday, or email her at meaganmichelleday at gmail dot com.



selected clips

public banking: why are cities talking about socializing the finance sector? mother jones. march 2017.

workers allege violations at franchises of the company run by donald trump's labor secretary nominee. mother jones. february 2017.

mass violence landing pages. open space (sfmoma). february 2017.

the brutal (and fact-checked) numbers on killing obamacare. mother jones. january 2017.


after ghost ship fire, tupac's old lawyer is helping artists fight eviction. mother jones. december 2016.

the year that was and wasn't (entry). the morning news. december 2016.

stuff out there that isn't there: esoterica in the great basin. the towner. december 2016.


welcome to hayden lake: the rise and fall of a white supremacist rural paradise. timeline. november 2016.

sex and the SCOTUS: a four-part series
. timeline. october 2016.

meet the ishmaels: america's 'worst' family (according to eugenicists)
. timeline. october 2016.

the history of the tulsa race massacre that destroyed america's wealthiest black neighborhood
. timeline. september 2016.

pizza and murder: why is chicago so dangerous? timeline. september 2016.

bear, bolshevik, buffoon, spy: the american tradition of fearing russia
. timeline. august 2016.

​for more than 100 years, soma has been home for the homeless
. timeline. june 2016. (featured by san francisco chronicle, named by san francisco department of homelessness and supportive housing as a top 10 story from the sf homelessness project's day of media coverage, in which 70+ media organizations participated.)

radical homophobia: orlando is part of a long lineage of attacks on gay bars. timeline. june 2016.

free money for a living: a 500-year-old idea that's having a moment. timeline. june 2016.

the modern nra wouldn't exist without america's 1970s serial killer fascination. timeline. may 2016.

after stonewall and before aids, there were san francisco's white night riots. timeline. april 2016.

once sexy, now obsolete? the decline of american trucker culture
. timeline. april 2016.

liberals tried to create a fairer prison system with mandatory minimums. here’s how it backfired. timeline. march 2016. .

during the first mass school shooting, armed students fired back. timeline. february 2016.

the koch family’s nazi ties are more entrenched than you think. timeline. january 2016.

concerning absolute violence. n+1. july 2015.

review: our secret life in the movies. authors: michael mcgriff & j.m. tyree. full stop. december 2014.

boom and rust. the new inquiry. november 2014.

waiting in istanbul. n+1. june 2014. 

review: the people's platform. author: astra taylor. full stop. may 2014.

lone star fictions. full stop. december 2013.

arrested decay: the exorcism of an american ghost town. discard studies. september 2013.

interview: veronica gonzalez peña. full stop. september 2013.

a fisher king in the white house. full stop. july 2013.

when didion nailed reagan. salon. july 2013.

we built this city: detropia and cruel optimism. full stop. march 2013.

notes on the firebombing of the freedom press bookshop. full stop. february 2013.

intellectual infection: a conversation about donna haraway. full stop. december 2012.

amber, archers, cinnamon, horses and birds. full stop. november 2012.

review: summer of hate. author: chris kraus. full stop. september 2012.

interview: hedi el kholti. full stop. september 2012.

interview: paul la farge. full stop. january 2012.

​review: leaving the atocha station. author: ben lerner. full stop. october 2011.

interview: aimee bender. full stop. june 2011.

​interview:
jennifer egan. full stop. april 2011.

​schema: fast food in pop music. the believer. july/august 2011 (print only).