Anna Merlan

Anna is a journalist and obsessive Tetris player currently based in Dallas. Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she moved to northern California to attend college. She stayed there for nearly seven years, three of them spent getting a degree in literature and the other four working as a record store clerk. After a few years of being mean to people about their musical taste and making incorrect change, she started writing freelance for the local alt-weekly newspaper on the side. She attended Columbia University’s School of Journalism, graduating with a Master of Science degree, a Baker Prize in magazine writing, a lot of debt, and a very serious sleep deficit. She moved to Texas, where she currently writes for the Dallas Observer, focusing on reproductive healthcare access, politics, crime, and using salty language that makes people write angry letters to her editor. In her free time, she likes exploring Texas, watching documentaries, and blaming the patriarchy.