Publications

Books & Chapbooks

Literary Journals & Anthologies

Awards

  • Medallion Awards, 2nd Place Best College Newsletter, 2017
  • City Pages, Best of the Arts Blog, 2013
  • Capture Minnesota, Photo of the Day, 2013
  • Loft Literary Center, Short Poem Award, 2011
  • Minnesota Newspaper Association, 2nd Place Social Issues Reporting, 2010

Magazines

  • MNMO Cover Official ThumbnailMSU Today, 2019 – Present
  • ComArtSci Today, 2018 – Present
  • Minnesota Monthly, Cover Story, 2016
  • City Pages, 2013 – 2016
  • Scene in the West Metro, 2016
  • Minnesota Historical Society Magazine, 2015
  • Mitchell on Law, William Mitchell College of Law, 2014 – 2015
  • SCAN: St. Catherine University Magazine, 2011 – 2013
  • Portraits Magazine, 2008 – 2011

Public Speaking Appearances

  • Aurora Summit, Conference Co-Founder, 2017 – Present
  • Inkwell Poetry Reading Series: Featured Author, 2019
  • East Lansing Art Festival Main Stage, Fiction 440 Event, 2019
  • Fiction 440
    — May 18, 2019: #54 Winsome, Whale, Wonder
    — Sept. 24, 2019: #56 Starlight, Exhausted, Price
  • The Poetry Room
    — Aug. 13, 2019: Season Three
    — Nov. 11, 2019: Survivor Series
    — Dec. 7, 2019: Promise
  • REO Town Reading Series, Author Reading, 2019
    — May 30, 2019: Volume 13
  • Careers in Journalism, Media & Writing, Various Colleges & Clubs, 2013 – 2018
  • Aurora Folklore & Mythology, Aurora Summit Presenter, 2017
  • Minnesota Congressional Race, Political Debate Moderator, 2016
  • Minnesota State Government IT Symposium, Social Media Panelist, 2015
  • Social Media Forum, Facilitator for Various Nonprofit Organizations, 2012 – 2015
  • Great Lakes Aurora Hunters Gathering, Presenter 2015 – 2016
  • BrandLab Youth Field Trip, Guest Speaker, 2015

Newspaper Writing

With years of experience in journalism, Melissa has written hundreds of articles and feature stories for community newspapers. Selected publications include:

  • The Associated Press
  • Sun Newspapers
  • Carver County News
  • Owatonna People’s Press
  • Waseca County News
  • The Madison Press

Art Exhibits

  • Still Point X, Online Exhibition for Still Point Art Gallery, 2018
    — Painting selected for publication in Still Point Arts Quarterly literary journal
  • Art: Diverse Perspectives Through Local Eyes, Art Works Eagan, 2017
  • Wintry Art Exhibit, Eagan Dunn Bros., 2015
  • Art-A-Whirl, Northrup King Building Open Studio Tour, 2014
  • First Thursdays in the Arts District, Exhibiting Artist, 2014
  • Thirty Years of Hope, Cargill Gallery, Minneapolis Central Library, 2013. A joint effort by Altered Esthetics and Hennepin County Library, for the MN AIDS Project.
  • Summer Art Exhibit, Apple Valley Dunn Bros., 2013

 

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