MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

Melissa Marr / Faculty

Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages, and have been bestsellers internationally (Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, et. al.) as well as domestically (The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal).

Accolades include starred reviews of numerous books (in PW, SLJ, Kirkus, Booklist, and Library Journal), YALSA Popular Paperbacks, IRA Notable Book Pick, Book Sense Pick (YA and adult), Good Morning America Summer Pick for Teens, Scottish Book Trust, Red Maple finalist (in both Ontario and Manitoba), and Goodreads Good Choice Award (Horror), RWA RITA award (YA).

In addition to writing novels, Melissa has co-edited several anthologies, as well as published short fiction, manga and prose non-fiction. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, Graveminder for adults, and her debut picture book Bunny Roo, I Love You.

She currently lives in Arizona where she co-parents her children with both her partner and the children's father. In her free time, she has been teaching medieval swordfighting for women.