Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), an Indie Next Pick that The New Yorker called “mesmerizing,” and was named a Best Book of 2017 by Esquire, Book Riot, The Cut, Electric Literature, Bustle, Medium, Refinery29, The Brooklyn Rail, Salon, The Rumpus, and others. Her second essay collection, Girlhood (Bloomsbury), will be published in 2019.
Her work has appeared in venues including The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Granta, The Believer, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Salon, Guernica, Dissent, Glamour, Prairie Schooner, Poets & Writers, Lenny Letter, The Guardian, Elle,Vogue.com, and her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and Center for Women Writers at Salem College. She is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, and has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Ragdale, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University. She serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for ten years. She lives in Brooklyn.
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