Melissa Grunow

Michigan, United States

Member Since: 03/19/2013


Melissa Grunow is the author of I Don't Belong Here: Essays (New Meridian Arts Press, 2018) and Realizing River City: A Memoir (Tumbleweed Books, 2016) which won the 2018 Book Excellence Award in Memoir, the 2017 Silver Medal in Nonfiction-Memoir from Readers' Favorite International Book Contest, and Second Place-Nonfiction in the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Nervous Breakdown, Two Hawks Quarterly, New Plains Review, and Blue Lyra Review, among many others. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and listed in the Best American Essays notables 2016 and 2018. She is also a live storyteller who participated in the 2016 Metro Detroit Listen to Your Mother show, occasionally competes in The Moth StorySLAM, and participates in local storytelling salons. 

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. Visit her website at www.melissagrunow.com or follow her on Twitter @melgrunow.

 

 

Website: http://www.melissagrunow.com

Twitter Username: @melgrunow


Publications

  • I Don't Belong Here: Essays , New Meridian Arts Press (September 1, 2018)
  • Realizing River City: A Memoir , Tumbleweed Books (February 14, 2016)

Awards

  • Book Excellence Award in Memoir(2018)
  • Silver Medal-Memoir from Readers' Favorite Book Award(2017)
  • Finalist-First Book Nonfiction(2016)
  • Second Place-Nonfiction: Independent Author Network Book of the Year(2016)
  • Outstanding Memoir: Independent Author Network(2016)

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from Central Michigan University (May 2002)
  • Master of Arts in English from New Mexico State University (May 2004)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/creative nonfiction from National University (January 2015)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction