Allison C. Meier is a Brooklyn-based writer focused on visual culture, architecture, and overlooked history: I believe in writing about the arts and heritage of our world in an accessible, engaging way. Previously, I was a staff writer at Hyperallergic, the senior editor at Atlas Obscura, and a communications manager at the Cooper Union.

Bylines include the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Atlas Obscura, CityLab, Curbed, the Public Domain Review, Wellcome Collection, the New Inquiry, SmithsonianMental Floss, SlateArtDesk, JSTOR Daily, Urban OmnibusChicago Magazine, the OffingARTNews, Narratively, Bunk HistoryAFARGlasstire, Artsy, Fine Books MagazineBrooklyn Based, GOOD, the Order of the Good Death, and the Oklahoma Gazette, among others. I also moonlight as a cemetery tour guide at New York burial grounds, and I am a licensed New York City sightseeing guide. I’ve lectured on cemeteries, art, and great trees at the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Brainery, the Rosenbach Museum, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and Green-Wood Cemetery. I curated a group exhibition on Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay at UrbanGlass, and edited the Concrete New York Map and Art Deco New York Map published by Blue Crow Media.

I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma, where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a degree in Journalism and minors in French and English Literature. I studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand and Vichy in France, and spent a summer at Oxford University researching classical archaeology. After graduating and working as the Development Coordinator at Untitled [ArtSpace] in Oklahoma City, and teaching English in France for a year, I moved to New York. Currently I’m on a mission to see all the city’s Greatest Trees.

Cartoon by Bob Eckstein for the New Yorker of my pet cemetery tour