Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Bio and Contact

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, LLC, which received a 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, and studied abroad in Nepal where she conducted a research project collecting and transcribing the oral folklore from the Limbu people of Nepal. She currently lives with her family in West Hartford, CT where she runs Poetry on the Streets, works as a teaching artist, and writes fiction.


For inquiries about workshops, projects, or send a message below!

Interview with Hartford Public Library and Melanie Faranello;  5.2020

Recent Interviews/Videos 

Cuatro Puntos Cross Atlantic Quarantine Series; an amazing collaboration with Cape Town S. Africa's violinist, Elinor Speirs and New England artists, including Melanie Faranello from POTS.

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