Melissa Grunow


"The Fragmented Truth Is Nothing but the Truth: Women Writing Trauma"
March 7-11, 2018
AWP 2018 Panel Presentation in Tampa, Florida
Co-panelists: Chelsey Clammer, Leif E. Greenz, Ming Holden

Abuse. Neglect. Sexual assault. Addiction. Death. Bearing witness to or experiencing trauma leaves women writers vulnerable in a misogynistic and culturally violent society. Consequently, the psychological stress of traumatic events creates an often-fractured memory, a perceived roadblock for creative nonfiction writers who are committed to truth. This panel will focus on both writing about and through trauma in a way that is healing rather than triggering, even in the face of backlash.

past events

Book Talks & PResentations

AWP Book Fair

March 7-11, 2018
Time & booth # TBA
Tampa, Florida

Melissa will sign copies of the award-winning memoir, Realizing River City, and chat with AWP book fair goers.

Signings & Appearances

Poetry and Prose at the Farmhouse
July 23, 2017, Franklin, MI
With Rick Bailey, Nadia Ibrashi, John Freeman, Suzanne Scarfone

Literary Delights: A Women Authors Luncheon Hosted By the Zonta Club
May 20, 2017, Charlevoix, MI

The Good Tyme Writers Buffet
April 22, 2017, Hamtramck, MI
With Susan McCarty, Keith Taylor, Rachel Dunkel, Steve Hughes

Wellspring Literary Series
March 20, 2017, Mount Pleasant, MI

East Side Reading Series
January 21, 2017, Detroit, MI
With Alex Morgan, Bill Loomis, Dora Badger,Sharlene Innes, Aubri K. Adkins 

Visiting Author Series at Macomb Community College
December 9, 2016, Clinton Twp, MI

Books & Mortar Visiting Author Reading
October 22, 2016, Grand Rapids, MI

An Evening of Fish out of Water Stories
October 4, 2016, Detroit, MI
With R.J. Fox, Aubri Adkins

East Side Reading Series
July 23, 2016, Detroit, MI
Veronica Dale, Weam Namou, Angela Rochon,  Ash Huntley, Aubri Adkins

Antioch Writers Workshop Summer Program
July 13, 2016, Yellow Springs, OH