My name is Meg Bernhard, and I’m a freelance writer.

(photo by Rob Pinney)

I’ve reported from around Europe and the United States for The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Guernica, Hazlitt, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. I write a column for Catapult about wine and power. I’m exploring these themes in a book project for Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series.

I’ve written about returning love ones’ bodies home; grappling with the vastness of loss during the COVID-19 pandemic; fugitive rappers; ‘caravans’ of women bound for the Spanish countryside; squatters; a Barcelona sex workers’ collective; wine; and how reporting on death has helped me with my own grief. Currently, I’m interested in writing about death, grief, trauma, and loss in its many forms.

Send me an email at megpbernhard[at] with story ideas, book recs, or just to say hello. I’d love to hear from you. Read my draftier (unedited, not breezy) writing on my newsletter here.

Follow me on Twitter @meg_bernhard, Instagram @megbernhard.