Organizer and activist, Melissa is also formerly Partner and Managing Editor of Sable Books. In 2012, she founded Women Writers of the Triad, a professional and educational support group for women and nonbinary writers. In her past she has served as an advisor for Writing for Peace, a global non-profit dedicated to education and creative writing as tools for peace through activism; and as State Coordinator for North Carolina Poetry Out Loud, a transformative national high school poetry recitation competition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Her work has been awarded or recognized as finalist in competition including the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, the Thomas H. McDill prize, the North Carolina Poetry Society Poet Laureate Award, and others. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Melissa is a also recipient of a Regional Artist Grant from Arts Greensboro in partnership with North Carolina Arts Council.

Along with having poems published, I am also proud of writing for The People’s Tribune. Check out this interview I gave back in 2014.  I appreciate the People’s Tribune and their commitment to journalism and all issues surrounding the working class and labor.

With thanks to Abigail Browning and Ray Crampton, for inviting me to come by and talk about Women Writers of the TriadSable Books, and some of the projects and work I’ve been honored to be a part of.  Podcast below at the link: