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Melissa Hart grew up in Los Angeles and Oxnard, with lesbian mothers and a younger brother who has Down syndrome. She's lived in Oregon for 18 years. Melissa is the author of the memoirs Gringa (Seal Press, 2009) and Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2015), the award-winning middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016), and Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019).

Melissa is a Contributing Editor at The Writer Magazine, and teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Southern New Hampshire University. She lives in Eugene with her husband, daughter, three cats, five chickens, a large white rabbit, and one very patient terrier.

Photo by Jonathan B. Smith

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