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Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Author's Bio

Melanie Pappadis Faranello received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, and her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from University of Colorado. She has worked as a teaching artist bringing creative writing to at-risk youth, teens, and seniors in the community. She has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching English, creative writing, and ESL at a variety of colleges both in New York City and Chicago including University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, American Academy of the Arts, Parsons School of Design, and Katharine Gibbs. She spent time studying in Nepal where her research project collection and translating oral folklore from the Limbu people was published as a book by Pilgrims Publishing. She also spent time teaching English and living in Cuenca, Ecuador. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as received a variety of mentions including winner of The New School’s Chapbook Award Series in Fiction, and a top twenty-five winner in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest. Her novel manuscript was a finalist in Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction, and a semi-finalist in The Dana Awards for The Novel. She has been a contributor at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Sewanee Writers' Conference, and has been awarded a residency from The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Originally from Chicago, she currently lives in Connecticut.

Publications and Prizes

Searching Ana (New School Chapbook Series, 2003)
Blackbird, Contrary, Emerge Literary Journal, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Literary Mama, Postcard Shorts, Requited, The Ampersand Review
Pushcart Prize Nomination (short story "At the Auditorium")2008; Semi-Finalist in the Dana Awards for the Novel,(Searching Ana), 2010; Semi-finalist in Whidbey Writers Emerging Getaway Contest in Novel (2012) Winner of The New School Chapbook Award Series in Fiction,(judged by Dennis Cooper), 2004; Finalist Sarabande Books' Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, (judged by Joanna Scott),2003; Top 25 Winner in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Contest ("Life") 2003; Merit-based Fiction Writing Scholarship; MFA Program, The New School; 2000 Non-fiction Book: Limbu Folklore, Pilgrims Publishing, Varanasi, India. 2004. (Field research from Nepal: collection and translation of oral folklore)

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Listing last updated: October 11, 2015

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