Melissa Goodrich grew up in a dome on a hill in Minnesota.  She received her BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University and her MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona.  She has taught creative writing, composition, and humanities at the University of Arizona and BASIS.

Awards & Fellowships

2016 Tucson Festival of Books Fiction Award, for the story "Anna"

2016 Pushcart Prize Nomination, for the story "Anna George"

2013 Margaret Sterling Memorial Award, for the poems "Hence/Literally/OED/Obsolete," "Selections from the Iliad," and "Insider"

2013 AWP Intro Award, for the story "Lucky"

2012 Academy of American Poets Prize, for the poems "Rattles," "Two Directions, "Watch Stopped Sort of Prophetically on a Plane," and others  

2012 Fourth and Verse Chapbook Contest winner, for the chapbook IF YOU WHAT

2012 Laverne Harrell Clark Fiction Award - Honorable Mention, for the story "Birthday People"

2012 University of Arizona Foundation Award, for the poem "On Lonely and Letting It"

2011 Juliet Gison Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Writer, selected by Nick Ripatrazone, for the story "Concealed"

2010 Fellowship for the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets

2010 Juliet Gibson Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Writer, selected by Catherine Pierce, for the poems "if God were a spider" and others