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Melissa Sipin

Author's Bio

As a writer from Carson, California, Melissa's work hinges between the empty spaces of autofiction. Her writing was awarded First Place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open (2013), a Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference (2013), the Miguel F. Flores Prize (2011), the Amanda Davis MFA Thesis Award (2013), and a VONA/Voices Fellowship with Junot Díaz, M. Evelina Galang, and ZZ Packer (2014, 2012, and 2011, respectively). She is forthcoming/published in Guernica, Glimmer Train, PANK Magazine, Kweli Journal, Fjords Review, and Hyphen Magazine, among others. Her short story, “How To Leave Familia,” was selected by the Hyphen Magazine Reader, a monthly roundup of APIA lit reads as their “Best APIA Fiction Pick for June 2014.” Sipin received her M.F.A in Fiction from Mills College and her undergraduate degree in English and philosophy at the University of Southern California. As the first Community Engagement Fellow (full-ride) at Mills, Sipin taught political writing and multi-genre workshops in the Bay Area, partnering with PAWA Inc., Anakbayan East Bay, and UC Berkeley’s Maganda Magazine. She blogs at www.msipin.com, teaches at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College, and is currently working on a novel.

Publications and Prizes

580 Split, Glimmer Train, Guernica, Hyphen, Kartika Review, Kweli Journal, Pank, sPARKLE & bLINK, The Bakery, Tidal Basin Review
First Place: Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open (March 2013), Amanda Davis Fiction Thesis Prize, Honorable Mention: Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open (September 2013), Tennessee Williams Scholar: Sewanee Writers’ Conference (July 2013), Nominated for Pushcart Prize by Kweli Journal, Ardella Mills Prize (2013), Community Engagement Fellow (Mills College), Nominated for Pushcart Prize by Kartika Review, Miguel G. Flores Prize Fund (2011)

Melissa Sipin Resume

Personal Favorites

Favorite Authors:
James Baldwin, Roberto Bolaño, Jessica Hagedorn, Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Luis Borges, Arundhati Roy, Elena Ferrante, Clarice Lispector, Micheline A. Marcom, Barbara Jane Reyes, Aimee Bender, Laleh Khadivi, Nayomi Munaweera, Miguel Syjuco, Lysley Tenorio, Stuart Dybeck, Steven Millhauser, Joan Didion, Bhanu Kapil, Cormac McCarthy, Joseph Conrad, Ben Okri, Randall Kenan, Chris Abani, Junot Díaz, M. Evelina Galang, Percival Everett, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde

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Listing last updated: September 23, 2014

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Listed as:
Fiction Writer
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Identifies as:
Asian American, Filipino American
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Born in:
Torrance, CA
Raised in:
Carson, CA

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