Meredith Russo
Award-Winning Author and LGBTQIA+ Activist

Meredith Russo is a novelist and public speaker from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she was born and where she received a degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies from the University of Tennessee. Her award-winning debut novel, If I Was Your Girl, released in 2016 and won the Stonewall Award, as well as honors for the Walter Dean Myers Diversity Award and the Lambda Literary Award.


Meredith is a contributor for the New York Times, Radical Hope, (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, and Meet Cute. The best place to keep up to date on her current work is Patreon, where she publishes one short story, one novel chapter, and small multimedia side projects every month.  Her sophomore novel, Birthday, is forthcoming. She has thousands of followers on social media, where she frequently speaks about politics, gender, writing, and publishing. She is one of only a few prominent transgender women speaking to transgender issues and creating transgender art.


Since Meredith Russo’s debut release, she has spoken on panels, in interviews, and as a solo presenter domestically and abroad. She was interviewed at Denmark’s Bogforum and has spoken for Highbridge Green School in the Bronx, Middleton High School in Wisconsin, and the Philadelphia Free Library’s author series. Her panel appearances include the Bay Area Book Festival, the American Librarian Association’s summer convention two years in a row, and the Southern Festival of Books. You can follow Meredith on Twitter.

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Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone. But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won't be able to see past it. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It's that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?

Meredith Russo gives her unique and informed perspective on gender and society.
Trans Issues
Meredith Russo's novel, If I Was Your Girl deals with trans issues. Russo talks on writing about these issues and personal experience.
Working in Literature as a Minority
An educated author, Meredith Russo speaks on what it's like to be a minority writer in the business of books.

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