Melissa’s poetry has appeared in the North Dakota Quarterly, Red Paint Hill, Mojave River ReviewVox Poetica, and other journals. Her work has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, ONE by Jacar Press, Vox Poetica, and other journals.


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

POETRY: “Valentine” winner of the Thomas H. McDill Poetry Competition.


2017 Pushcart Prize, nominee
2016 Thomas H. McDill Poetry Competition, winner
2016 North Carolina Poetry Society Poet Laureate Award, finalist 
2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, honorable mention

reading “At the End” at Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities: