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Melody S. Gee is the author of three books of poetry, The Convert’s Heart is Good to Eat (Driftwood Press, 2022) runner-up for the Adrift Chapbook Prize; The Dead in Daylight (2016, Cooper Dillon Books), long listed for the Julie Suk Award; and Each Crumbling House (2010, Perugia Press), winner of the Perugia Press Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays appear recently in Commonweal Magazine, Essay DailyLantern ReviewRappahannock Review, Ruminate, The Los Angeles Review, and others. 


Born in Taiwan and raised in Cerritos, California, she is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of New Mexico. She has taught writing at Purdue University, Southwestern Illinois College, and St. Louis Community College, and currently works as a freelance content and communications strategist. Melody is the recipient of Kundiman fellowships in poetry and fiction, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Best New Poets nomination, and the Robert Watson Literary Prize.