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Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City: A Memoir (Tumbleweed Books, 2016), which was selected as the overall Second Place Winner-Nonfiction in the Independent Author Network's 2016 Book of the Year Awards, the winner of the "Outstanding Memoir" category, and finalist for the "First Book-Nonfiction" category. Melissa was a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2014 for her essay "Home" and Limestone named her essay "We're All Mad Here: A Field Guide to Feigning Sanity" as an Editor's Pick and reprinted it in their 30th Anniversary issue; the piece was also listed as a Best American Essays 2016 Notable Essay. She is a three-time recipient of the Detroit Working Writers creative nonfiction prize, first place winner of the Rochester Writers' 2016 Summer Award in the Michigan Memoir category, and a semi-finalist for the DISQUIET International Literary Lisbon Writing Program award in 2015 and 2016.
A book reviewer for The Coil, Melissa's work has also appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Nervous Breakdown, New Plains Review, and Blue Lyra Review, among many others. She is also a live storyteller who participated in the 2016 Metro Detroit Listen to Your Mother show and regularly competes in The Moth StorySLAM.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in English-creative writing and journalism from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in English from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with distinction from National University.