Melanie Pappadis Faranello is an award-winning writer and teaching artist born in Chicago. She won the Marianne Russo Award for novel-in-progress from Key West Literary Seminars' Emerging Writer Awards. Her writing has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and shortlisted for Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction; The Dana Awards for the Novel; William Faulkner's Wisdom Competition in the Novel; Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest; The Petrochino Reprint Award, and winner of The New School Chapbook Competition in Fiction . Her work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Hippocampus, Blackbird, Pedestal, Huffington Post Personal, Vestal Review, Catamaran, StorySouth, Mom Egg Review, Adelaide, Connotation Press, Literary Mama, and elsewhere. A recipient a CT Artist Fellowship Award in Fiction, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She has attended Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. She was awarded 2024 Writer-in-Residence at Monson Arts and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center.
She is also the founder of Poetry on the Streets, LLC. She was chosen as a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies; a teaching artist certified in Kingian Nonviolence; and as a global-cohort member of The Pollination Project's Greenhouse- a worldwide project for artist change-makers.
Melanie has taught for over twenty-five years, both as an adjunct professor and a teaching artist in New York City, Chicago, Hartford, Colorado, and Cuenca, Ecuador. She studied abroad in Nepal, where her field research was on Limbu Oral Folklore from the Northeast Himalayas. Currently, she lives with her family in West Hartford, CT, where she writes, teaches, and leads community projects through Poetry on the Streets. Her completed manuscripts include two novels (literary fiction), a collection of short stories, and a collection of creative non-fiction.
Her belief in fiction as a vehicle for connection, as well a way to explore the human condition, is the thread that connects her work as a fiction writer with her public art work in the community.
To read some of her work click: PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS
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Interview with Hartford Public Library
CT Public Radio NPR https://www.wnpr.org/post/hartfords-poetry-bus-moving-piece-public-art
Interview with Connotation Press https://www.connotationpress.com/fiction/3149-melanie-pappadis-faranello-fiction
University of Chicago, Graham School of General Studies, The Writer's Studio, Novel Writing
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
American Academy of Art, Chicago, Literature, Composition, Research, MFA, Artists in Literature
International Academy of Design and Technology, Chicago,
Katharine Gibbs College, NYC, Literature, Composition, Writing
Goodwin College, CT, Reading and Writing
ESL & INTERNATIONAL
Parsons School of Design, NYC, ESL
MacCormac College, Chicago, ESL
CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS INTERAMERICANOS, Cuenca, ECUADOR, EFL, Cross-Cultural Literature, Writing
Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT, 2016-Present, Creative Writing
*Honored for Teacher of the Month- 2022 https://charteroakcenter.org/charter-oak-yai-instructor-honored/
Hartford Performs, Hartford Public Schools, 2018- Present, Creative Writing
CT Office of the Arts, Directory of Teaching Artists/ CT Center for Nonviolence- certification in Kingian Principles of Nonviolence for teaching artists
JCC of Greater Hartford, CT Creative Writing
Kingswood Oxford Summer Camp, West Hartford, CT, Creative Writing
The Mark Twain House Writing Program, Hartford, CT, Creative Writing
Connecticut Humanities Council Grants: YWCA, “Words in Motion: Creative Writing and Yoga for Teens”, Hartford, CT, Girlcott
Senior Voices: Poetry and Yoga for Seniors, FEDERATION SQUARE RESIDENCE, CT
StoryStudio Chicago, Chicago, IL.2007-2010, Creative Writing Workshops
Gallery 37 After School Matters, Chicago, IL
NYC Parks, Arts After School Programs
Poetry Center of Chicago: “Hands on Stanzas"
The Pollination Project, Grantee Community and Greenhouse Global Cohort- 2022
Creative Community Fellows, National Arts Strategies 2019 New England Cohort- 2019
Greater Hartford Arts Council, Artist Advisory Committee Member- 2021
Make Magazine; a Chicago Literary Magazine, Fiction Reader, 2007-2009