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Melissa Sipin

Author's Bio

Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, California. In 2013, she won First Place in the March Glimmer Train Fiction Open and Honorable Mention in the September Glimmer Train Fiction Open. Her writing is published or forthcoming in Glimmer Train Stories, PANK Magazine, Quiet Lightning’s sPARKLE+bLINK, Hyphen Magazine, 580 Split, Lantern Review, and Kweli Journal, among others. Cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine, she was the Community Engagement Fellow at Mills College and the Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2013 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her short fiction received the 2014 Amanda Davis MFA Thesis Award (Runner-Up), the 2013 Ardella Mills Prize, the 2011 Miguel G. Flores Prize, and, in 2012 and 2013, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. As a Kundiman Fiction Fellow, VONA/Voices Fellow, and U.S. Navy wife, she splits her time writing on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. She is currently working on a novel.

Publications and Prizes

580 Split, Glimmer Train, 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: June 19, 2014

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

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