Melissa Studdard is the author of the newly released bestselling novel Six Weeks to Yehidah and its companion journal My Yehidah.
She is the winner of a first place Forward National Literature Award (for Six Weeks to Yehidah). Her poetry, fiction, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Boulevard, Connecticut Review, Pleiades, Gradiva, American Book Review, Poets and Writers, and The Smoking Poet.
She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a Creative Writing and English professor for a community college in Texas. She currently serves as a Reviewer-at-Large for The National Poetry Review and Contributing Editor for The Criterion and Tiferet, as well as the host of Tiferet’s blogtalk interview program, Tiferet Talk.
Melissa Studdard weaves a dreamscape for her main character Annalise -- a true Hero's Journey in the Joseph Campbell sense. The story is delicate and poignant -- a far cry from the usual fare for young adults. The theme is universal, the writing is skilful, poetic and memorable.
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