Melissa Grunow

Author's Bio

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 has an MFA in creative nonfiction with distinction from National University.

Publications and Prizes

I Don't Belong Here: Essays
(Meridian, 2018)
, Realizing River City: A Memoir
(DAOwen Publications, 2016)
Black Fox Literary Magazine, Blue Lyra Review, Eunoia Review, Limestone, New Plains Review, River Teeth, Adroit Journal, The Quotable, Wilderness House Literary Review, Yemassee
Prizes Won: 
Realizing River City: A Memoir won the 2018 Book Excellence Award in the Memoir Category; Silver Medal in Nonfiction-Memoir from Readers' Favorite International Book Contest; Second Place-Nonfiction Book of the Year Awards from the Independent Author Network (IAN); "Outstanding Memoir" category from IAN; Finalist in the "First Book, Nonfiction" category from IAN. Best American Essays notables in 2016 and 2018.Best of the Net nomination in 2017.Pushcart Prize nomination in 2015.

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
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Oak Park, MI
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Last updated: Apr 08, 2019