Patrice Melnick

Creative Nonfiction Writer

P.O. Box 210
Grand Coteau, LA 70541
Phone: 
337-254-9695

Author's Bio

Patrice Melnick is a writer, arts administrator and community activist.

She is the founder of the Festival of Words, a rural, literary arts organization in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. Melnick taught English and creative writing at Xavier University in New Orleans for thirteen years before moving to Grand Coteau.  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.  Her poems and essays have appeared in many literary journals including Prism International, Red Brick Review and Grain.  She has been honored for both her writing and community contributions. Her poem “Tattoos and Birthmarks,” was awarded 3rd prize in Federico Garcia Lorca Poetry Prize. She received the Public Humanities Programming award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and was  named one of the  Louisianians of 2019 by Louisiana Life Magazine

Patrice Melnick’s memoir is entitled Po-boy Contraband: from Diagnosis Back to Life (Catalyst Press.)  Patrice Melnick lives in Grand Coteau, where she lives with her loving and very patient husband, Olan.

 

Publications & Prizes

Books:
Po-Boy Contraband: From Diagnosis Back to Life (Catalyst Book Press, 2012)
,
Turning Up the Volume (Xavier Review Press, 2005)
Prizes won: 

Named as one of the Louisianians of the Year by Louisiana Life Magazine, 2019. 

Outstanding Educator, Lafayette Parish Democratic party, 2018.

Oliver-Sigur Humanitarian Award from The Louisiana Council on Human Relations, 2015. “Tattos and Birthmarks,” 3rd prize in Federico Garcia Lorca Poetry Prize. (Judge: Sean Thomas Dougherty.)  December, 2014.

Public Humanities Programming award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. March, 2013.

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.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Tim O'Brien Ross Gay Redmond O'Hanlon Bruce Weigl Dave Eggers Nick Flynn Cornelius Eady Lucille Clifton
What I'm reading now: 
Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neal Hurston

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Jewish
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Dallas
Raised in: 
Dallas, TX
Texas
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Last update: May 18, 2020