Meagen Youngdahl has been named Fall 2019 Dactyl Scholar. Youngdahl is a multi-genre writer and a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She holds a BA in English and Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis. Her work, which is influenced by her ongoing research in (bio)semiotics, aims to challenge boundaries between critical and creative writing and thought.
She will be working on a creative non-fiction project exploring the intersections of poetics and biosemiotics, specifically through the work of 2009 Dactyl Essay Award recipient, Wendy Wheeler.