Meredith May is an award-winning journalist and the author of I, Who Did Not Die, which tells the true story of a 13-year-old Iranian child soldier who secretly nursed an enemy fighter back to life during the brutal Iran-Iraq War. After suffering terrible loss and imprisonment, twenty years later they met by chance again, at a Canadian help center for torture survivors. (Regan Arts, 2017)
Meredith teaches podcasting at Mills College in Oakland, and is a fifth-generation beekeeper. She spent 16 years as a feature writer at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Her 2004 San Francisco Chronicle newspaper series about a war-wounded Iraqi boy won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for photography; and her 2006 sex trafficking investigation earned first place feature writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press, and was turned into a graphic novel by Stanford University. Her writing is included in the book, Best Newspaper Writing 2005, published by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Meredith tends beehives at Connecticut Friendship Garden, a community garden in San Francisco. She is a co-founder of bigTINY, a pop-up artist salon held in a former Italian basement boxing club that spotlights emerging Bay Area writers, musicians, photographers, pranksters and other offbeat creatives.