Meredith  Talusan-Fairest

Meredith Talusan


Meredith Talusan is an award-winning author and journalist who has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, WIRED, SELF, Condé Nast Traveler among many other publications, and has contributed to several essay collections, including the New York Times’ Bestselling Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay. She has received awards from GLAAD, The Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. She is also the founding executive editor of them., Condé Nast’s LGBTQ+ digital platform, where she is currently contributing editor.


Conflicting Identities: Writing Through Difference

While many books focus on a single theme, Fariha Roisin and Meredith Talusan must navigate multiple identities and communities, both in their writing and their lives. Roisin's How to Cure a Ghost and Talusan's forthcoming memoir Fairest explore the complexities of what it's like to live and write in America when you belong to communities that are under threat.

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Feroza is a trans activist and advocate. She’s a facilitator for PFLAG John’s Creek, and works with organizations like Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and Asian Queer and Adolescent. She was recently appointed to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ historic first LGBTQ Advisory Board for the City of Atlanta, has been featured in magazines and articles, and recently hosted the Stonewall Pride celebrations in Atlanta in June.

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Forthcoming in 2020, Fairest is Meredith Talusan’s debut memoir about an albino boy from a rural Philippine village who immigrates to the United States at fifteen and finds himself being perceived as white. As he becomes steeped in elite white culture as a scholarship student at Harvard, Talusan also grows to realize the fluidity of gender when he starts dressing in drag and finds himself being perceived as a beautiful woman. He eventually contemplates the possibility of gender transition, even if it means losing a man he deeply loves.

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