Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Melanie Pappadis Faranello is the recipient of a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Fiction from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her fiction has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Blackbird, StorySouth, Literary Mama, and many other literary magazines. She was chosen as a 2019 Creative Community Fellow by National Arts Strategies.

Her work has received numerous awards and honorable mentions, including finalist in Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction, The Petrochino Reprint Award, The Dana Awards for the Novel, William Faulkner's Wisdom Competition in the Novel, a top twenty-five winner in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest, winner of The New School Fiction Competition, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

She is also the creator of Poetry on the Streets (POTS), an interactive poetry writing exhibit created in 2017 in Hartford, CT., which received a 2018 grant from The Pollination Project, awarded to global leaders in support of social change.

Born and raised outside of Chicago, IL, she has spent time living in New York City, Chicago, Boulder, and Ecuador. She currently lives with her family in W. Hartford, CT where she works as a teaching artist leading creative writing workshops for youth and teens.


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