Melissa Matthewson lives and writes in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA), University of Montana (MS), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Her essays have appeared in Guernica, Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, River Teeth, Sweet, New Delta Review, Defunct, Numero Cinq, Terrain.org, Wildness, and Hobart among other publications. Her work has earned an AWP Intro Journals award and has been listed as notable in Best American Essays. She recently completed a fragmented memoir of lyric essays about marriage, farming, desire, and identity. She teaches writing at Southern Oregon University as well as teaches Zumba dance classes and runs an organic vegetable farm.