Author Archives: Melanie

Panelist at AWP17 Conference

I’m excited to announce I will be participating on two panel discussions at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the largest literary conference in North America, being held in Washington, D.C. next month. The annual event attracts more than … Continue reading

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Legacy Award Brings Together Writing Heroes

What a fabulous experience I had at this year’s ceremony for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards. The event was at the Washington Plaza hotel on Friday, Oct. 21. After more than 20 years, I had the chance to chat briefly with … Continue reading

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Help Support Black Literature and Black Writers

Books are important. Of course I would say this. I’m a writer and I love books. Books help me make sense of the world. They help me escape the world, and open my eyes to ideas and situations I may … Continue reading

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Short Story Collection On Sale!

My short story collection, Let No One Weep for Me is now on sale during the month of July at Smashwords – just for the e-book. You’ll get 75% off when you use the discount code at checkout. You can’t beat it. If … Continue reading

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All That Really Matters

She explores the world with a tentative wet nose. Carefully sniffing a damp spot on the trail, a clump of shrubs, a rock. Spotting something strange, she stretches her neck out as far as her body will allow without advancing … Continue reading

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A Trip of a Lifetime

Bali was more than words can express, though I did try. Please click through to my essay where I describe this amazing experience. Below are some random pictures. Enjoy!

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Fun Times at Sankofa Bookstore

In September, I had a wonderful opportunity to read with my friend and author Cheryl Head at Sankofa Video and Books on Georgia Avenue across from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Though it was a fairly small crowd, we received … Continue reading

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Featured on Vocal Expressions

Many thanks to local author Dee Lawrence who asked to interview me for her blog. I met Dee a few years ago at a book festival and we continue to bump into each other at book festivals. Click through to the … Continue reading

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Meet the Authors Event, Sept. 27

You are invited to join me and Cheryl A. Head for a reading of our work on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 3 pm, Sankofa Video and Bookstore, across from Howard University on Georgia Ave. The event is free and open to … Continue reading

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Planning has begun

The flight has been booked and I fly from Dulles to Tokyo to Jakarta and finally to Bali. The journey is 30 hours including layovers. I have been assigned a writing coach and we will talk soon about creating an … Continue reading

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