Melissa Hassard is partner and Director of Marketing of Sable Books, a publishing, design and consulting company that assists writers with publishing and marketing their work. She is also founder of Women Writers of the Triad, a supportive and educational group for NC writers. In 2014, she proudly accepted the role as an advisor for Writing for Peace, and additionally serves as publicity chair for the North Carolina Poetry Society.
She is proud to serve as one of the partners at SistaWRITE, an organization founded by NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green. SistaWRITE’s mission is to bring women and spaces together for writing, community, sisterhood, and shared experience.
Her poem, At the End, originally published in the online art and poetry journal, One, from Jacar Press, received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition from the NC Writers Network. Her work has also appeared in Vox Poetica, Iodine Poetry Journal, When Women Waken, Writing for Peace, and other journals. She has written features, articles, and blog posts for Triad Living Magazine, The Rude Pundit, and the People’s Tribune, among others.