Melanie Pappadis Faranello

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Melanie Pappadis Faranello received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her writing has appeared in Blackbird, Huffington Post Personal, Fifth Wednesday Journal , StorySouth, Connotation Press, Requited, Literary Mama, and many other literary magazines.  She is the recipient of a CT Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Fiction. Her work has been short-listed for 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;  Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest; as well as winner of The New School Fiction Chapbook Competition. She has written two novels, both set in Chicago, and a collection of short stories.

She was chosen as a 2019 Creative Community Fellow by National Arts Strategies for her public art project Poetry on the Streets, LLC. Born and raised outside of Chicago, IL, she has spent time living in New York City, Chicago, Boulder, and Cuenca, Ecuador, and studied abroad in Nepal where her independent research project was to collect and transit Limbu oral folklore. She currently works as a teaching artist in Hartford, continues to expand Poetry on the Streets, and writes fiction. 


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