M. Jennings is a MacDowell Colony fellow whose short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Fiction Southeast, Hotel Amerika, Crab Orchard Review, and Redwood Coast 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, Willamette Week, Writers Monthly, Dagger, and other publications.

She has taught composition and creative writing, and been awarded fiction residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Jentel, 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 on the Oregon coast where she is working on two allegorical literary novels.