Megan Weiler was raised in the small town of Konstanz, on the border of Switzerland. Despite being a stone’s throw from the Alps, she never learned to ski properly. Instead she developed a love for Italy, and had her first summer job working at Casalini Libri in Florence. She met her husband in college and convinced him to study Italian history.
Her subsequent jobs have ranged from serving beer to the yodeling club in Altnau, Switzerland, to helping foreign nationals in Philadelphia with immigration procedures and applications for political asylum. Office work has given her glimpses into diverse aspects of life such as roofing, corporate taxes, oil field boundaries, and the education of children with deafblindness. She has taught Xenophon and Thucydides to students at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and worked as a freelance translator from German, French and Italian.
Twenty years ago Megan Weiler and her husband settled in Nashville, Tennessee, the longest either of them has lived in one place. Weiler has attended writers’ conferences at Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and Saratoga; from 2018 to 2019 she was enrolled in the MFA writing program at Columbia University. Her newest project is a coming-of-age novel set in Florence.