Copyright 2016 Melissa Hart.
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I live in Eugene, Oregon with Western screech owls in my backyard fir trees and a fine black cat named Alger Hiss on my lap. My Pacific Northwest middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl came out with Sky Pony Press in 2016. I 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).
I'm a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine. My essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Orion, High Country News, The Advocate, Adbusters, Hemispheres, The Normal School, Fourth Genre, The Chicago Tribune, and many other periodicals. I started publishing at 16, with two very bad rhyming poems in Cat Fancy. I'm happy to recite them upon request.
I'm an editor and consultant for Creator & Collector Services and for writing workshops across the U.S. I teach Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. Little-known fact: I love do to school and library Author Visits.
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