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Margaret Redmond Whitehead is a writer, researcher and editor based in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Her journalism has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Atavist Magazine, Transition Magazine, Appalachia Journal, Narratively, Good Housekeeping (online), Hampshire Life Magazine, Reason Magazine, Tagg Magazine, and Bedford + Bowery.
Joyland, the Millions, the North American Review, just femme & dandy, the Independent Coast Observer, the Longridge Review, and the Lambda Literary anthology, Emerge, have published her nonfiction essays.
Her short story "Summer" won the 2018 Thomas Morton memorial Prize in Literary Excellence in Fiction from the Puritan (now the ex-Puritan). Her fiction has additionally been published in the Normal School, Heavy Feather and the Nottingham Review.
Margaret has been awarded fellowships from the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in literary journalism (2017) and the Vermont Studio Center in nonfiction (2024).
She was a Tin House Winter Workshop participant in nonfiction (2023), and a nonfiction fellow at the Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Writer's Retreat (2018).
Her work has earned nominations for the Pushcart Prize (2022) and Best of the Net (2022), and has appeared as a notable selection in Best American Essays 2023. She was also a finalist for the Richard J. Margolis Award (2017).
Before earning her MA in Literary Reportage from New York University, she worked as a refugee resettlement caseworker at the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin.