Melissa Studdard

Melissa Studdard is the author of the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in Psychology Today, The Guardian, Southern Humanities Review, Harvard Review, Bettering American Poetry, Poets & Writers, and more. A short film (directed by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) of the title poem from Studdard’s I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Other poems of Studdard’s have been made into car magnets, telepoem booth recordings, and Houston City Banners. Her awards include the Forward National Literature Award and the Kathak Literary Award, and her works have been listed in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts’ Best Books of the Year, January Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bustle’s “8 Feminist Poems To Inspire You When The World Is Just Too Much,” and Amazon’s Most Gifted Books. In addition to writing, she serves as an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence college and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.