Catching Up With Meggie Royer

Where can we read some of your recent work?

This year has been one of significant writer’s block for me (instead of more time spent writing during the pandemic, I’ve spent far less!), but I was fortunate to have two new poems, “Self-Portrait After Rape” and “The Architect of Drinking” published in the 50th issue of Up the Staircase Quarterly in August. Additionally, I run a literary and arts journal for abuse survivors called Persephone’s Daughters, and this summer I stumbled upon the wonderful organization Awakenings, an arts organization for sexual violence survivors based out of Chicago. I am grateful for the opportunity to have done a published interview with them in September about Persephone’s Daughters.

What are you reading right now? 

I am currently reading poetry and prose submissions for Issue 7 of Persephone’s Daughters! I am always astounded by the memoirs, creative nonfiction pieces, and poems we receive and it’s a true honor to be able to read and consider other writers’ work. I am also very, very excited at the prospect of being able to dive into Mother Love by Rita Dove this winter, a poetry collection examining Persephone and Demeter’s mother-daughter relationship in a modern-day setting.

What’s next for you? 

On December 15th, Persephone’s Daughters will be releasing our seventh issue online. In the coming months I will also have new poetry in The Rumpus, Lily Poetry Review, Radar Poetry, Cleaver Magazine, and a domestic violence anthology. In January, my review of Mirabel’s DREAM FRAGMENTS will be published in PRISM International.


Meggie Royer is a Midwestern writer, domestic violence advocate, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Persephone’s Daughters, a literary and arts journal for abuse survivors. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. She thinks there is nothing better in this world than a finished poem.