Melissa Hart
Author, Teacher, Speaker
I like owls.  And traveling.  I like kayaking and hiking and camping all over Oregon with my husband and seven-year old daughter.  I like cats, adoption, and my lesbian mothers.  I'm particularly fond of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.

I live in Eugene, Oregon with Western screech owls in my backyard and a fine black cat named Alger Hiss in my house.  I wrote the memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009) and Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons 2014).  Am I too young to have written two memoirs? Probably.

My articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Orion, High Country News, The Advocate, Adbusters, Hemispheres, Horizon Air Magazine, Writer's Digest, and The Writer.
I got my start as a freelance writer at age 16, when I had two rhyming poems in Cat Fancy.  I'm happy to recite them upon request.

I teach at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, and for Laurel Springs School.  Sometimes, I'm also lucky enough to teach for the Whidbey Writers Workshop M.F.A. Program.  You can catch me leading workshops and caching chocolate chip cookies in my backpack at writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest.

Contact me at melissah(at)uoregon(dot)edu

Find meon Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Read an excerpt of Wild Within here . . .

Listen to a radio interview about Wild Within here . . .




Me with Bodhi the Barred Owl
at the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon

Photo by my man,  Jonathan B. Smith

"Twin narratives skillfully woven together make for an exciting and endearing roller coaster of a memoir."


See the book trailer for Wild Within here, featuring Lorax, Bodhi, and Archimedes!

"Animals, by their very nature, transform our lives in the most unexpected ways.  Wild Within is a magical journey through those astounding life changes.  It takes you into the rarefied world of raptor rescue, and from there into the profound realities of adoption--weaving the two worlds together to powerful effect.  The glow of this journey will stay with you for a long time.  Do not miss out on this rare gem!"
--Stacey O'Brien, author of Wesley the Owl





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