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Melissa Hart is Contributing Editor at The Writer Magazine. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, The Rumpus, The Boston Globe, Orion, High Country News, The Advocate, Adbusters, Hemispheres, The Normal School, Fourth Genre, The Chicago Tribune, Woman's Day, and many other periodicals. 


Melissa grew up in Los Angeles with a lesbian mother and a brother who has Down syndrome. One of the main characters in her award-winning middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl  (Sky Pony Press, 2016) is based on her brother. (Avenging was a 2018-19 Oregon Battle of the Books selection.)` 


She also wrote the YA memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood  (Seal, 2009) a memoir for adults--Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family(Lyons 2014), Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019) and The Media Adventurer's Handbook: Decoding Persuasion in Everyday News, Ads, and More (First Second, 2022). She teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Southern New Hampshire University. She's represented by Jennifer Unter at The Unter Agency.


Melissa lives in Oregon with her photographer husband and their daughter, plus a flock of chickens, three cats, a rabbit, and one very patient terrier.


She does frequent presentations at schools and libraries, conferences and non-profit organizations. For more information and to discuss potential presentations, please email her at melissahartsmith(at)gmail(dot)com.