“One of the most compelling projects”

“[Melissa’s] memoir is one of the most compelling projects I have come across during my tenure at Vermont College of Fine Arts.” ~ Rigoberto Gonzalez

Author of Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

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“Painterly images”

“[Melissa’s] memoir leans on the experience of others, as well as lyricism and painterly images.” ~ Sascha Feinstein

Award winning author of Black Pearls: Improvisations on a Lost Year.

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Right Foot, Left Foot: “A riveting account of survival”

“A riveting account of survival and determination, told with clarity and honesty.”
∼ Dinty W Moore

Author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize, and the editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers.

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