Megan Ratner's essays and criticism frequently appear in Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Cineaste, and Bright Lights Film Journal, where she is an associate editor. She has also contributed to Frieze, Filmmaker, Senses of Cinema, Art on Paper, Black Book, Art/Text, and Border Crossings, among other publications. She contributed to Memory (Whitechapel: Documents in Contemporary Art Series), edited by Ian Farr and John Sayles: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers), edited by Diane Carson.
In 2011, she served on the jury of the inaugural Dialogue of Cultures International Film Festival in New York City. She has also co-programmed a series on Italian postwar cinema at the American Academy in Rome and lectured on critical writing at New York University and Claremont College. She has given talks at Dartmouth and Roger Williams College. In addition to her critical writing, she has worked extensively in publishing in a variety of capacities. She held editorial staff positions at Antaeus/the Ecco Press; Farrar, Straus & Giroux; and the German Information Center. On her own and in collaboration, she organized reading series at the Triangle Theater and the Nicholas Davies Gallery; and she gave readings at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York City Writers Room, and at benefits for Pierogi Press and Global City Review.
Megan Ratner was born in Boulder, Colorado. An itinerant childhood led to travel throughout Europe, longer stays in Crete, Spain and Portugal, and six entire summers in Italy. She began school in Frankfurt, Germany, followed by nine different schools (in three different languages) elsewhere in Germany, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, Massachusetts and California. As a result, she has excellent German, with proficiency in Italian and French. Prior to her graduation from Reed College, she lived in Brazil and traveled widely in South America. Based in New York City, she has lived in Ireland, Germany, and, on several fortunate occasions, in Rome, the Marches and the Abruzzi, Italy.