Publications

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Creative & Career Highlights

Books & Chapbooks

Literary Journals & Anthologies

Social Media Influencer

  • Founder of Michigan Aurora Chasers, January 2021
  • NASA Social Media Ambassador, Solar Orbiter Launch, February 2020
  • Social Media Forum Host, Various Nonprofits, 2012-2021
  • Museum Instameet Host, Minnesota Historical Society, 2015
  • Social Media Panelist, Minnesota State Government Symposium, 2015
  • Mall of America Tweet Up Host, St. Catherine University Shout Out Event, 2013

Magazines & Nonfiction

Public Speaking & Presentations

  • Pay It Forward Day, Virtual Writing Seminar Presenter, 2022
  • A Fool Proof Formula: Catch the Northern Lights, Aurora Summit, 2021
  • Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, Wharton Wednesdays, 2021
  • Aurora Folklore & Mythology, Aurora Summit Presenter, 2017, 2019, 2021
  • Inkwell Poetry Reading Series, Featured Author, 2019
  • East Lansing Art Festival Main Stage, Fiction 440 Event, 2019
  • Careers in Journalism, Media & Writing, Various Colleges & Clubs, 2013 – 2019
  • Minnesota Congressional Race, Political Debate Moderator, 2016
  • Great Lakes Aurora Hunters Gathering, Presenter 2015 – 2016
  • BrandLab Youth Field Trip, Guest Speaker, 2015

Open Mic & Fiction Performances

  • REO Town Reading Series, Author Reading
    — May 30, 2019: Volume 13 | Presenting “Look Up”
    — Feb. 27, 2020: Volume 16 | Presenting “BlackJack & The Dawn of Dark Pollution”
    — Jan. 21, 2021: Fireside Chat 9 | Presenting Poetry & A Novel Excerpt, “Aurora Chasing on the Escarpment”
  • Fiction 440, Various Performances
    — May 18, 2019: #54 Winsome, Whale, Wonder
    — Sept. 24, 2019: #56 Starlight, Exhausted, Price
    — Jan. 7, 2020: #58 Hazard, Bounce, Tonic
    — Mar. 11, 2020: #60 Conquest, Sushi, Lure
    — Oct. 20, 2020: #62 Fall, Fire, Fanciful
    — June 2021: #63 Finally, Yawning, Zip
  • The Poetry Room, Various Performances
    — Aug. 13, 2019: Season Three
    — Nov. 11, 2019: Survivor Series
    — Dec. 7, 2019: Promise
    — Jan. 14, 2020: Dirty Laundry
    — Mar. 10, 2020: Recovery Room
    — Apr. 10, 2020: Last Words

Honors & Awards

  • ADDY Awards in Mid-Michigan, Bronze in Online/Interactive Digital Communications, ComArtSci Today, 2020
  • Outstanding Performance Award, Carnegie Leadership Institute, 2018
  • 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

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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