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
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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