Melissa’s poem “Valentine” won 1st prize in the 2016 Thomas H. McDill Poetry Competition and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem “Smoke” was finalist for the 2016 North Carolina Poetry Society Poet Laureate Award. “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.

POETRY: “What Catches the Light,” originally published by Red Paint Hill.

Her poetry also appears in the North Dakota Quarterly, Mojave River ReviewVox Poetica, and other journals.

In 2013, Melissa founded Women Writers of the Triad, a supportive and educational group for NC writers that actively works to build community and encourage craft. In partnership with the City of Greensboro and the Commission on the Status of Women, Melissa has been part of a project offering writing workshops to survivors of domestic violence.

Red Sky | Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women (Sable Books, 2016, co-edited by Melissa Hassard, Gabrielle Langley, and Stacy Nigliazzo) is an anthology of poetry centered with poems by contemporary leading voices like Naomi Shihab Nye, Tony Hoagland, Thylias Moss, Fady Joudah, Jaki Shelton Green, Hélène Cardona, and Zeina Hashem Beck, as well as up-and-coming voices around the world. Red Sky profoundly weaves the important threads that powerfully connect the experiences of women everywhere and bring them home to each of us.