Melissa Hassard is partner and managing editor 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 that actively works to teach writing to learners of all ages and survivors of domestic violence.
She serves as an advisor for Writing for Peace, a global non-profit dedicated to educational and creative writing as tools for peace through activism and is state coordinator for North Carolina Poetry Out Loud, a national high school poetry recitation competition.
Melissa’s poem, Valentine won 1st prize in the 2016 Thomas H. McDill Poetry Competition, while Smoke placed as a finalist for the 2016 North Carolina Poetry Society Poet Laureate Award. 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 the North Dakota Quarterly, Vox Poetica, Iodine Poetry Journal, When Women Waken, Writing for Peace, and other journals.
She has additionally written essays against the regressive politics of her beloved home state, North Carolina, for The People’s Tribune and The Rude Pundit.