BA in English
MFA in Creative Writing
Melissa is a professor of Creative Writing and Journalism at Loyola Marymount University. Her degrees include a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. She has written for LA Times, The Atlantic's Citylab, NYT Book Review, Buzzfeed, NYRB, and dozens of other places. She is a contributing editor for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her essay, “The Throwaways,” and "The Human Cost of The Ghost Economy" received notable mention in Best American Essays. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.