Melanie has an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English from Mills College. She has received an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, attended residencies at Las Dos Brujas and Hedgebrook, and studied the graphic novel under Mat Johnson at the VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts) Summer Writing Workshop.
A self-proclaimed reformed-klutz-turned-body-geek, Mel teaches fitness when she’s not researching and writing, and has certifications with NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), TRX, and Z-Health. The unique products and vision at Know Yourself give her the opportunity to engage her love of both language and movement. Mel has been a writing coach, editor, and martial artist. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two cats, Leeloo and Inigo Montoya.