Melissa Grunow

Michigan, United States

Member Since: 03/19/2013

Melissa Grunow is the author of REALIZING RIVER CITY (Tumbleweed Books, 2016) which won Second Place-Nonfiction in the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards and the Silver Medal in Memoir from Readers' Favorite Book Competition, among others. Her essay collection, I DON'T BELONG HERE, is forthcoming from New Meridian Arts Press in 2018. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Nervous Breakdown, New Plains Review, and Blue Lyra Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net as well as listed in the Best American Essays 2016 notables. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction with distinction from National University. 


Twitter Username: @melgrunow


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


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


  • Technical Author at Tweddle Group (December 2016 - )


  • 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