Hi, I’m merritt k. I’m a writer, editor, podcaster, and occasional game designer. I have an MA in Sociology from the University of Washington, though I don’t do much academic work. From 2013 to 2015, I ran the game curation site Forest Ambassador. I also made some little narrative games during that time, a few of which gained some critical acclaim, though I’ve since taken most of them offline.
In 2016, I was the NYU Game Center’s first Artist in Residence. After that, I was briefly the editor of the now-defunct streaming service VRV’s blog (it has since been folded back into Crunchyroll), which published media criticism and comics. From 2019 to 2023, I worked at the games and culture site Fanbyte, where I was variously a podcast and streaming host, editor, and Destiny 2 writer. Previously, I hosted the podcasts Woodland Secrets, dadfeelings, and Papal Bull, as well as Channel F and The K-Hole during my tenure at Fanbyte.
My writing has been published in outlets like SSENSE, Real Life, MEL, and Polygon, as well in a number of books. I’ve also published poetry at places like The Collapsar, Heavy Feather Review, The Poetry Society of America, and Nat Brut. Right now, I’m a monthly contributor at the last comedy website, 1-900-HOTDOG, and working on various fiction projects — I am represented by Connor Goldsmith at Fuse Literary. My portfolio can be found on Google Drive.