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Kenan Visiting Writer

2006, BA English and Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin

2011, MFA Creative Writing, Nonfiction, Sarah Lawrence College


Melissa Faliveno is a writer, editor, teacher, and author of the essay collection TOMBOYLAND, published in August 2020. The former senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, her essays and interviews have also appeared in Esquire, Bitch, Ms., Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, Midwestern Gothic, and Green Mountains Review, among others, and received a notable selection in Best American Essays 2016. She has taught nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Catapult in New York City, and is the 2020-2021 Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC Chapel Hill.

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  • Millay Colony for the Arts, Winter Shakers Residency, 2018, 2019
  • Runner-up, Nonfiction Contest, Prairie Schooner, 2018 (judged by Esmé Weijun Wang)
  • Best American Essays notable selection, 2016
  • Finalist, Nonfiction Contest, DIAGRAM, 2012 (judged by Ander Monson)
  • Third-Place, Nonfiction Contest, Lumina, 2011 (judged by Vivian Gornick)
  • Diana & Simon Raab Editorial Fellowship, Poets & Writers Magazine, 2011-2012

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (University of North Carolina)
  • Magazine Writing (Sarah Lawrence College)
  • Pitching & Publishing the Personal Essay (Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute)
  • The Personal Essay & Beyond (Catapult)