Profile

Melissa Faliveno is the author of the debut essay collection Tomboyland, which was named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR, New York Public Library, Oprah Magazine, and Electric Literature and received a 2021 award for outstanding literary achievement from the Wisconsin Library Association. Her work has appeared in Esquire, Paris Review, Bitch, Ms. Magazine, Lit Hub, Brooklyn Rail, and Prairie Schooner, among others; received a notable selection in Best American Essays; and will appear in the anthology Sex and the Single Woman: 24 Writers Update Helen Gurley Brown’s Cult Classic for a New Era, forthcoming from Harper Perennial in May 2022.

The former senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, she has taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Catapult in New York City, and was the 2020–21 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Kenyon College. melissafaliveno.com »

Education

MFA | Sarah Lawrence

BA | University of Wisconsin

Fernando A. Flores

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Tarfia Faizullah

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

David Wojahn

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Elena Passarello

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Geoff Bouvier

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF/poetry/hybrid forms]