Books & Chapbooks

Literary Journals

Awards & Anthologies

  • 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 ThumbnailMinnesota 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
  • The Catholic Spirit, 2011
  • Portraits Magazine, 2008 – 2011

Public Speaking Appearances

  • Careers in Journalism, Mass Media & Writing, Various Colleges & Youth Groups, 2013 – 2018
  • Aurora Summit Presenter, Aurora Folklore & Mythology, 2017
  • Political Debate Moderator, Minnesota Congressional Race, 2016
  • Social Media Panelist, Minnesota State Government IT Symposium, 2015
  • Social Media Forum Facilitator, Various Nonprofit Organizations, 2012 – 2015
  • Presenter, Great Lakes Aurora Hunters Gathering, 2015 – 2016
  • BrandLab Guest Speaker, Youth Field Trip, 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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