Melanie is a Brisbane-based writer, editor, academic and occasional actor. She has a DCA in Creative Writing and teaches at the University of the Sunshine Coast. In 2018, she won the Glendower Award for an Emerging Writer at the Queensland Literary Awards and her debut novel Meet Me at Lennon's (UQP) is set to be published in September 2019. Her articles, essays and award-winning short fiction have been published in Kill Your Darlings, the Griffith Review, Arena Magazine, Overland, Hecate, and various other publications. She is the former artistic director of the nonfiction writers’ festival Reality Bites (2012 - 2014).