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. She started publishing at 14, with two rhyming poems in Cat Fancy and a short story in Scholastic Voice Magazine which taught her never to name her characters after her crush.
Melissa's award-winning middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl came out with Sky Pony Press in 2016; it's a 2018-19 Oregon Battle of the Books selection. She also wrote the YA memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009) and a memoir for adults--Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons 2014). 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.
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About Melissa Hart