Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Bio and Contact

Melanie Faranello is an award-winning writer living in CT. She won the Marianne Russo Award for her novel-in-progress from Key West Literary Seminars' Emerging Writer Awards. 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. Her writing has appeared in Blackbird, Huffington Post Personal, Fifth Wednesday Journal , StorySouth, Connotation Press, Requited, Literary Mama, and many other literary magazines. The recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Fiction from CT Office of the Arts, she received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. 

She founded the public art project, Poetry on the Streets, LLC, 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. 

Originally from Chicago, Melanie has lived and worked as a teaching artist in New York City, Chicago, Boulder, Hartford, and Cuenca, Ecuador. She studied in Nepal, where her field research was on Limbu oral folklore. She has written two novels, both set in Chicago, and a collection of short stories. 

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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