Melissa is the author of a collaborative chapbook, (un)learning, with Andrea Beltran from Artifact Press. And her essays have appeared in Guernica, DIAGRAM, American Literary Review, Mid- American Review, Bellingham Review, River Teeth, and The Rumpus. She’s been awarded an AWP Intro Journals award in creative nonfiction, as well as residencies and scholarships to PLAYA, Art Smith, Tin House, and the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Tracing the Desire Line is her first book. Melissa teaches at Southern Oregon University, and runs an organic vegetable farm in the Applegate Valley.
In the words of Cari Luna: “In Tracing the Desire Line, Melissa Matthewson creates an achingly honest and raw portrait of a woman and a marriage traveling through a difficult season of growth and change. This beautiful memoir, smart and open and gorgeously written, marks the debut of an important literary voice.”