Melissa Tuckey


Ithaca, NY 14850

Author's Bio

Melissa Tuckey is a poet, writer, translator and literary activist living in Ithaca, New York. She is author of Tenuous Chapel a book of poems selected by poet Charles Simic for ABZ First Book Prize (forthcoming March 2013); and Rope as Witness, a chapbook published by Pudding House Press. In addition, she's a co-translator (with Chun Ye and Phillipe et Fiona Lorrain) of Dead Moon, a book of poems by Yang Zi, a contemporary Chinese poet.

Melissa Tuckey has a background in environmental activism, and is a co-founder (with Sarah Browning and others) of Split This Rock, a national organization dedicated to poetry of provocation and witness.

Publications & Prizes

Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds, (City Lights Publishers, 2013)
Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing (University of Arizona Press, 2009)
Beltway Poetry Quarterly Anthology (Beltway Poetry Quarterly, 2006)
DC Poets Against the War (DC Poets Against the War, 2005)
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (The University of Georgia Press, 2018)
Rope as Witness (Pudding House Press, 2007)
Rope as Witness (Pudding House Publications, 2007)
Prizes won: 

Fine Arts Work Center, Winter Residency, Provincetown, Ma, 2009-2010
Finalist, first book prizes: New Issues Press;
Perugia; Hudson Prize, Elixir, and others.
DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, Individual Artist Award, 2008
Blue Mountain Center Writer’s Residency, August, 2005
Ohio Arts Council, Individual Artist Award, 2001

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Any, Veterans
Born in: 
Oak Ridge
Raised in: 
Cincinnati, OH
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Last update: Jan 14, 2013