Melanie Pappadis Faranello

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Poetry on the Streets (POTS)

Created by Melanie Faranello in 2017 in Hartford, CT, Poetry on the Streets is an interactive exhibit designed to engaged pedestrians in urban areas in writing and painting an original poem based on a word chosen from a "jar of emotions." 

Chosen as one of "14 community organizers who create equity in the face of inequity", as well as a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies. 

Interview by Greater Hartford Arts Council:

Grant from Pollination Project, based in Berkeley, CA:



University of Chicago, 
Graham School of General Studies, The Writer's Studio, Novel Writing for Adults

Roosevelt University, Chicago, Composition, Reading, Writing

American Academy of Art, Chicago, Literature, Composition, Research, MFA, Artists in Literature 

International Academy of Design and Technology, Chicago, Composition

Katharine Gibbs College, NYC, Literature, Composition, Writing

Goodwin College, E. Hartford, Reading and Writing

                       ESL & INTERNATIONAL  


Parsons School of DesignESL, NYC

MacCormac CollegeESL, Chicago



                         FICTION AND POETRY WORKSHOPS @

Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT, 2016- present, creative writing, fiction, poetry & StoryCorps workshops

Hartford Performs, Hartford Public Schools, 2018- present, visiting creative writing teacher

CT Office of the Arts, Directory of Teaching Artists

JCC of Greater Hartford, West Hartford, CT 2016, fiction workshops 

Kingswood Oxford Summer Camp, West Hartford, CT, 2017, middle school creative writing camp

The Mark Twain House Writing Program, Hartford, CT, 2013/15, short story writing; fiction writing

Connecticut Humanities Council Grants: YWCA, “Words in Motion: A Creative Writing and Yoga Workshop for Teen Girls”, Hartford, CT, 2014, Girlcott Sponsor 

Senior Voices: Poetry and Yoga Workshop for Seniors, FEDERATION SQUARE RESIDENCE, West Hartford, CT, 2013

StoryStudio Chicago, Chicago, IL.2007-2010, short story, fiction workshops for adults

Gallery 37 After School Matters: “WORDS 37”, Manley High School, Chicago, IL

NYC Parks, Arts Enhanced After School Programs

Poetry Center of Chicago: “Hands on Stanza’s” Program

                  EDITORIAL + CURITORIAL

Syllable Reading Series: co-curate reading series, Hartford, CT

Make Magazine; a Chicago Literary Magazine, Fiction Reader

Sunday Salon Chicago: Founder of Chicago branch of reading series, co-curator and host

Independent Tutor: College + Grad Application Essays 

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