Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Bio and Contact

Melanie Faranello is an award-winning writer living in CT. Her fiction has been 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; as well as winner of The New School Chapbook Competition in Fiction. She won the Marianne Russo Award for her novel-in-progress from Key West Literary Seminars. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Blackbird, Huffington Post Personal, Vestal Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal , StorySouth, Connotation Press, Requited, Literary Mama, among others. The recipient of a CT Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Fiction, she received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. 

She founded the public art project, Poetry on the Streets, which was featured on NPR/CT Public Radio. She was a 2019 Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies and received multiple grants to support this ongoing project for social change. She is also a certified Kingian Nonviolence teaching artist. 

Originally from Chicago, Melanie has lived and worked as a teaching artist with many different populations in New York City, Chicago, Boulder, Hartford, and Cuenca, Ecuador. She studied in Nepal, where her field research was recording Limbu oral folklore. She has written two novels, both set in Chicago, as well as collections of short stories and creative non-fiction.

Her belief in fiction as a vehicle for empathy and 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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