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NOW AVAILABLE: Melisa’s Book of Poetry — Hover the Bones

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NOW AVAILABLE:  Melisa’s Book of Poetry — Hover the Bones

It’s here! Get your signed copy! Melisa Malvin-Middleton’s debut poetry collection, Hover the Bones, is now available for only $8. Hover the Bones digs through the garden of the familiar “ties that bind” — family relationships — to unearth profound connections and upsetting loss. The nineteen poems included in this volume honor the memory of those lost with surprising honesty and emotional clarity. Presented in precise, yet musical language, these poems negotiate a complex landscape with contemplative grace. Buy...

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“My father’s falling” in Angel City Review

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“My father’s falling” in Angel City Review

Grateful to have my poem “My father’s falling” in the gorgeous December edition of Angel City Review alongside the talented Trista Payte. Lead editor John Venegas describes this journal as one “dedicated to the literary voices of Los Angeles – the otherwise muted, the underprivileged, the experimental, the meek and the unabashed.” I already downloaded the pdf, and I feel so “official” now having my poem in the Kindle on my nightstand. Thank you, Zachary Jensen, Tina Lawson, and John Venegas for including me in this genre-bending...

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“Of Closure” in Rogue Agent

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“Of Closure” in Rogue Agent

I’ve been eyeing Rogue Agent for a while because of its beautiful collection of poetry connected to the body. In their call for submissions, they request, “We want your skin, your liver, your viscera. We want your joy and your frustration.” So I scraped up my courage and submitted to them a poem that is my heart: “Of Closure.” And now I can say, she found the perfect home in their December Edition (Issue 21): Thank you to editors Jill Khoury and Jen Stein Hauptmann for including “Of Closure” in this stunning edition. I am honored. “We are...

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Three Poems in Clear Poetry

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Three Poems in Clear Poetry

I’m thrilled to have “Spilled childhood,” “Repairs,” and “Schism of My Maker” published in Clear Poetry. Even includes a recording of me reading of my poem “Spilled childhood.” Special thanks to Ben Banyard for giving me this opportunity to be a part of his labor of love.

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“Civil Unrest” Published in Silver Birch Press

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“Civil Unrest” Published in Silver Birch Press

It is an honor to have my poem “Civil Unrest” published in the “When I Moved Poetry and Prose Series” found here at Silver Birch Press I’m thankful Silver Birch Press encouraged me to write the “note from the author” — it reminds me how much this poem personally means to me. And… as a little tidbit, here is the footnote I am including with this poem in my upcoming chapbook with Yak Press: “‘Pretty Hunger Striker’ is a term a journalist used in an early 1960s newspaper article to describe my mother, Judiana Francis, as a...

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Poetry Published in The Ofi Press Literary Magazine

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Poetry Published in The Ofi Press Literary Magazine

I am truly grateful to have two of my poems published in The Ofi Press Literary Magazine, Issue 49. It is an honor to be a part of a publication filled with such a talented group of poets from around the world. My poems “The hum” and “Wild Mustard (Hirshfeldia incana)” can be found here: www.ofipress.com/malvinmiddletonmelisa.htm.

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Poetry Chapbook with Yak Press

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Poetry Chapbook with Yak Press

Melisa is currently working on her chapbook with Yak Press as a part of their Native Blossoms Chapbook Series. Her chapbook will be released in fall, 2016. More information coming soon! From the Yak Press website: “The Native Blossoms Chapbook Series embraces poetry of place, exploring connections to the natural landscape, the untamed, the indigenous. Each chapbook, while utilizing themes and concepts that comprise the contemporary American lyric, features at least one poem that takes the botanical name of a wildflower or other flora...

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Sad-Eyed Serenity at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

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Sad-Eyed Serenity at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Today, selections from Sad-Eyed Serenity were performed as a part of Savage Players’ Cracked Earth: Readings from CSUN’s Desert Performance Lab at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. It was a pleasure being a part of the following line up: Sad-Eyed Serenity by Melisa Malvin-Middleton (directed by Anne Butler) Invisible by Lu Chukhadarian (directed by Anne Butler) Nine Days Ago by Alyssa Dominguez (directed by Caleb Slavens) Motel Room Sahag Gureghian (directed by Angie Scott) Over Cigarettes by Yahm Reichart (directed by Nate...

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Presenting Poetry at PCA/ACA 2016

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Presenting Poetry at PCA/ACA 2016

Melisa will be presenting her poetry from Schisms and Ruptures in the Popular Culture/American Culture Association National Conference on March 25, 2016 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA. She will be joining chair Katie Manning and poets Nicelle Davis, Gary Wilkens, and Rev. Dr. E-K Daufin in the Poetry Studies and Creative Poetry panel.

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More Scenes from Sad-Eyed Serenity to be Performed by Fresh Produce’d

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More Scenes from Sad-Eyed Serenity to be Performed by Fresh Produce’d

FRESH PRODUCE’d Los Angeles has selected scenes from Melisa’s full-length play Sad-Eyed Serenity to be a part of their October, 2014 monthly workshop. Once again, it is an honor to be working with these talented folks who will perform another set of scenes from Sad-Eyed Serenity. Workshop performance of selected scenes of Melisa Malvin-Middleton’s full-length play Sad-Eyed Serenity. In Sad-Eyed Serenity, a drama with splashes of dark humor, seemingly disparate stories come together in a play that houses furries, felons, and a kitten, all...

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