Community and storytelling are at the heart of Melissa’s creative work. She grew up on a sheep farm near Caledonia, MN, but currently makes her home in Minneapolis, MN. She often feels an internal tension between her rural roots and her present urban life. This tension was the seed idea for her new podcast, MinneStory, which digs deep into Minnesota’s rural and urban communities (minnestory.org). Season three of MinneStory will feature Fergus Falls, which she’ll be recording during her Hinge Artist Residency in August.
From 2011-2017, Melissa co-directed the literary community organization Hazel & Wren along with cofounder Amanda Ninneman. Currently, she spends her days among writers and readers as the Outreach & Partnership Sales Coordinator at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and as a member of the Board of Directors at Coffee House Press. She recently completed her Masters in Arts & Cultural Leadership from the University of Minnesota.