M. Jennings is a MacDowell Colony fellow whose short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, Crab Orchard Review, Redwood Coast Review, Crab Creek Review, and Oregon Literary Review, among others. Her story, “Spec of Love,” won the Ooligan Press Editors’ Choice Story Contest. Another story was awarded an Honorable Mention in New Millennium Writings’ Short Fiction Contest. “The Pool at Chualteca,” a story published in The Adirondack Review, earned a recommended reading citation for best of the literary web from Dark Sky Magazine. 

Melanie’s essays and freelance writing have appeared in Menda City Review, Redwood Coast Review, Willamette Week, Writers Monthly, Dagger, and other publications.

She has taught composition and creative writing, and been awarded fiction residencies at Jentel, The Espy Literary Foundation, and The MacDowell Colony. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College and a doctorate in American Literature from UC San Diego.

Melanie lives in Portland, Oregon, but is currently traveling in Mexico and Central America where she is working on a novel.