Melanie Madden holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Davis, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing- Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona, where she has taught English 101, English 102, English 201, LASC 197M and LASC 197P. Her essays and poetry have been published in literary journals including Timber Journal, The Mojave River Review, and The Essay Daily. She is co-editor, with Leigh D.C. Spencer, of The Best of FST! Female StoryTellers Anthology Volume 1. Melanie sits on the executive boards of the Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors (WAPLA), UA's Appointed Professional Advisory Council (APAC) and local 501(c)3 Female StoryTellers (FST!). When she’s not writing, telling stories, or advising, Melanie enjoys competing on game shows (she has appeared on Jeopardy! and Win Ben Stein’s Money), cooking and eating local/sustainable foods, hiking, practicing mindfulness and meditation, and supporting Wildcat athletics (Bear Down!), especially Arizona Baseball.