Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Melanie Pappadis Faranello is an award-winning writer and teaching artist born in Chicago. 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 Short Fiction Contest; The Petrochino Reprint Award. She won the  Marianne Russo Award for novel-in-progress from Key West Literary Seminars and The New School Chapbook Competition in Fiction . Her work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, HippocampusBlackbird, Pedestal, Huffington Post Personal, Vestal Review, CatamaranStorySouth, 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-Residencies 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 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 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. 

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Teaching Experience

                ADJUNCT PROFESSOR

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

                TEACHING ARTIST

Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT, 2016-Present, Creative Writing

*Honored for Teacher of the Month- 2022

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"


Narrative 4- Artist Network & Story Exchange Facilitator

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


Founder of Sunday Salon Chicago: A Reading Series: 2006-2009

Make Magazine; a Chicago Literary Magazine, Fiction Reader, 2007-2009

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