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Melody S. Gee was born in Taiwan and raised in Cerritos, California. Her first poetry collection, Each Crumbling House, won the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize. Her second collection, The Dead in Daylight(Cooper Dillon Books, 2016) was a finalist for the Jacar Press Julie Suk Award.

Her poems and essays most recently appear in Slippery Elm, Figure One, Two Countries Anthology, The Los Angeles Review, Meridian, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Spillway, The Book of Scented Things Anthology. Her awards include two Pushcart Prize nominations, a Best New Poets nomination, the Robert Watson Literary Prize, and a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat fellowship.

After earning a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico, she taught writing at Purdue University, Ivy Tech College, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Southwestern Illinois College. Currently, she is a freelance writer and writing instructor at St. Louis Community College.