Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Publications & Awards


  • Non-fiction book: Limbu Folklore: the collection and translation of oral folklore from the Limbu people of NepalPilgrims Publishing, Varanasi, India. 2004
  • Chapbook: Searching AnaNovel Excerpt, Winner of The New School Chapbook Award Series. Forward by contest judge, Dennis Cooper.
  • Collaborative Middle Grade Book: The Great CT Caper, by 12 CT authors and artists. CT Humanities Council 



  • Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
  • Sewanee Writers' Conference
  • Wesleyan Writer's Conference, Scholarship
  • Key West Literary Seminars,  Scholarship
  • AWP: Moderator and Presenter 2023 "Radical Empathy: Writing and Community Engagement as a form of Resistance"


PAPER HOUSES (Novel-literary fiction) interweaves the stories of a twelve-year-old girl in the 80’s and a thirty-two-year-old groundskeeper in 2001 as they search Chicago for signs of their missing loved ones.

IN OTHER KINDS OF WEATHER, (Novel-literary fiction), examines the cloaked normalcy of suburbia and questions how well we truly know what is going on behind our neighbors’ doors. 

EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMETHING (Story Collection) exposes our human need for connection and explores the many ways in which we struggle to attain it.

THE SHAPE OF GRIEF (Essay collection~ in progress)  a collection of creative non-fiction exploring many facets of grief and loss. 

POETRY ON THE STREETS : A Collection of photographs and poetry by everyday people on the street from the US and across the globe (Including, "Young Voices Around the World" for elevating displaced and at-risk youth around the world

Forward printed in published chapbook by contest judge and author, Dennis Cooper, for winning novel excerpt, Searching Anna. The New School Chapbook Competition

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