Patrice Melnick

P.O. Box 210
Grand Coteau, LA 70541

Author's Bio

Patrice Melnick is a writer, arts administrator, educator and business owner. Melnick taught English and creative writing at Xavier University in New Orleans for 13 years where she founded one of the first creative writing programs at a Historically Black University. She has taught a Literary Nonfiction Workshop in the low-residency MFA program at the University of New Orleans. Her essays and poems have appeared in Grain, The Xavier Review, Buffalo Bones and Prism International and other journals. Turning Up the Volume (Xavier Press) a memoir, was published in 2005. Po-Boy Contraband was published in 2012 (Catalyst Book Press.) Following Hurricane Katrina, Melnick moved from New Orleans to Grand Coteau, Louisiana, where she opened up a gift shop and started a literary reading and open mic series. In 2010 she established the nonprofit organization the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective which promotes the literary arts in the surrounding rural communities. Patrice Melnick holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Publications and Prizes

Po-Boy Contraband: From Diagnosis Back to Life
(Catalyst Book Press, 2012)
, Turning Up the Volume
(Xavier Review Press, 2005)
Prizes Won: 
Honorable Mentions for best stories of the year, 2012. Tales from the South. Residence Grant from The Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Residency for May 20 --August 1, 2005. "Writer's Body," Finalist Gulf Coast Non-Fiction Prize (judged by Mark Doty.) Residence Grant from The Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Residency for May 15 -- July, 2003. “Writing for My Life,” 1st place, The Writers Workshop 8th Annual Memoirs Contest. April 8, 2002. “Intimacy,” 2nd place, The El Dorado Writers--Guild Sixth Annual Writing Contest. March 18, 2002. “Rearranging the Furniture,” 3rd place, Rosalie Fleming Memorial Essay Prize (Judged by Mary Eastham), January, 2001. “Rearranging the Furniture,” runner-up for Maclean Hunter Award for Literary Non-fiction. December, 2000.

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Creative Nonfiction Writer
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Dallas, TX
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Last updated: Dec 26, 2012