Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Durham, NC. His writing career began with a journal inspired by a reading of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. This was quickly followed by a news article concerning a week-long expedition to the Amazon rainforest and a long-form piece about a cross-country drive.

After these excursions, his attention turned to writing novels. But these efforts were short-lived due to a detour into filmmaking. It took ten years of heightened interest in movies—in which one of his short films was featured on IFC’s Media Lab Shorts Uploaded—for Justin to return to his first vocation.

His short stories have been published in various online journals and magazines such as The Broadkill Review, Map Literary, and Bewildering Stories. More recently, he was hired to write a collaborative science fiction novel for Hidden Key Publishing. He also began writing children’s books. And much to his surprise, he returned to filmmaking with a mini-documentary that won “Best Documentary Short” in the Stranger Days Independent Film Festival. This was followed by a second mini-documentary and an animation, which are both currently being considered by film festivals across the country.

You can learn more about his work in his CV and follow him on Twitter or Instagram. His email address is

Influences: Huxley, Crichton, Murakami, Bourdain
Place of Birth: Raleigh, NC
Education: UNC-Asheville, 2001