Melanie Brooks is a writer, teacher, and mother living in Nashua, New Hampshire, with her husband, two children and yellow Lab. She is the author of Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma (Beacon Press, February 2017).
Melanie received her master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. She teaches college writing at Northeastern University in Boston and Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts; and creative writing at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire.
Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bustle, The Manifest-Station, Creative Nonfiction, Hippocampus, the Huffington Post, Modern Loss, Solstice Literary Magazine, the Recollectors, the Stonecoast Review, and Word Riot. She received the Michael Steinberg Prize for Creative Nonfiction in Solstice Literary Magazine’s annual contest. Her almost-completed memoir explores the lasting impact of living with the 10-year secret of her father’s HIV disease before his death in 1995. Her writing is the vehicle through which she’s starting to understand that impact.