Personal Writing

The Dead in Daylight

Poetry collection available from COOPER DILLON BOOKS.


“A fiercely feminine blood runs through these poems. Of wire, of salt, of harvest, of motherhood, of daughterhood, and all that these elements lay claim to. The Dead in Daylight reveals an astonishing voice that is equal parts ferocious and tender. Melody S. Gee’s collection builds a generous fire where origin is praised and where history shines beyond the flame.” -Tina Chang

“Melody S. Gee’s poems reveal the tethers and the hooks of the past. Beautifully strange and intimate, her language maps the push and pull of motherhood and familial history. A deftly chiseled voice speaks and sings in this book; it’s a voice that’s original and immediate. Striking images attend to both the uncanny and the sublime. In one poem, we’re given ‘a forest of doors.’ In another, the ‘throat shiver of music.’ The Dead in Daylight is one of the best books I’ve read this year.” -Eduardo C. Corral

Each Crumbling House


Poetry collection available from PERUGIA PRESS.

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Review in The Daily Genoshan

Review in North Dakota Quarterly

Review in Sycamore Review

Interview with Sycamore Review

Review in storySouth 

Review in

Review in Book Harvest Book Reviews

Review in Asian Cha

Melody Gee’s Each Crumbling House is a tale of return not marked by triumph, but of a palpable absence. The poems’ speakers “count arrows of exiled/geese” to know not only about what it is to feel cold, but what it is to leave home. There is comfort here, too: in the spaces of longing, an understanding is reached upon the return to homeland. While the speakers are reaching for ways to name the pain of lost histories and lost relatives, “always/a word away from the word,” Melody Gee’s poems are full of the right words, folding and unfolding the way that wings do from the mass clusters of Monarch butterflies wintering in the pines, huddling together for warmth.

-Oliver de la Paz

Melody Gee proves to us through her poetry that first-generation Asian American experiences still matter and will always matter. But even more so, her quietly unsettling and powerful book speaks to the whole human experience through its exploration of inheritance.  These are haunting poems about culture, nature, and ultimately about love.

-Victoria Chang



Scented ThingsThe Book of Scented Things

Edited by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby

Literary House Press, 2014


Brilliance, Spilling


Brilliance, Spilling: Twenty Years of Perugia Press Poetry

Edited by Susan Kan & Rebecca Hart Olander

Perugia Press, 2016


Two Countries

Two Countries: US Daughters and Sons of Immigrants

Edited by Tina Schumann

Red Hen Press, 2017


“Luck Let Go” in Barnstorm Literary Journal (2015)

“Silence, Reader” in Blackbird (2010)

“Jack’s Kitchen” in Copper Nickel (2010)

“Back Home” in North Dakota Quarterly (2007)


“The Convert’s Heart is Good to Eat” in Ruminate (2018)

Why We Are This Way” read on the Who Raised You? podcast (2018)

Liturgy” in Slippery Elm (2017).

“The Convert Learns to Play Hide and Seek”; “The Convert Desires Her Way Into a First Prayer.” Figure One, (2017).

“On the Vine” in Meridian (Spring 2016).

“Bat Exclusion” in The Los Angeles Review  (Spring 2016).

“Hear Her Say Everything” in Spillway ( 2015).

“Or Am I”; “Yolk” in Construction Magazine (2014).

“Why We Are This Way” in Boxcar Poetry Review (2013).

3 poems in (2012).

2 poems in Connotation Press (2011).

“The Sea Wall” in The Collagist (2011).

“Migration” reprinted in East West Poetry (2011).

3 poems in Town Creek Poetry (2010).

2 poems in Blackbird (2010).

“History Filled In” reprinted in 3 Quarks Daily (2010).

“Giving” in Cha: An Asian Literary Magazine (2009).

“The Voice Before” in The Greensboro Review (2008).


Kundiman Reading. The Dial Bookshop. Chicago, IL. November 7, 2018.

Kundiman Panel. Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Iowa City, IA. March 6, 2018.

Mission Creek Festival Reading. Prairie Lights Bookstore. Iowa City, IA. March 7, 2018.

National Poetry Month Reading & Workshop Series, St. Louis Community College-Forest

            Park, St. Louis, MO, April 4, 2017.

National Poetry Month Reading, St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, Wildwood,

            MO, April 20, 2016.

Orr Street Studios Seeing Hearing Voices/Seeing Visions, Columbia, MO. April 15, 2014

St. Louis Poetry Center Observable Reading, St. Louis, MO. February 10, 2014.

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. St. Louis, MO. February 14, 2013.

Fort Gondo Poetry Series, St. Louis, MO. October 12, 2012.

Southern Colorado Reading Series. Colorado State University-Pueblo. October 18, 2011.

Sheila Nolan Whalen Poetry Series. St. Louis, MO. October 4, 2011.

River Styx @ Duff’s Poetry Series.  St. Louis, MO. March 21, 2011.

The Jones Library.  Amherst, MA.  November 7, 2010.

The Collected Poets Series.  Shelburne Falls, MA.  November 4, 2010.

East St. Louis Writers’ Workshop.  East St. Louis, IL.  September 16, 2010.

Southwestern Illinois College Poetry Reading.  Belleville, IL.  April 21, 2010.


Finalist, Jacar Press Julie Suk Book Award, The Dead in Daylight, 2017.

Florida Review Editor’s Prize Finalist, “Bat Exclusion,” 2015.

Writers@Work Nonfiction Fellowship Prize Finalist, “Luck Let Go.” 2015.

Pushcart Prize Nomination, Each Crumbling House, 2010.

Perugia Press Book Prize Winner, Each Crumbling House, 2010.

Best New Poets Nomination, 2010.

Boston Review/Discovery Prize Semi-finalist, 2010.

Many Mountains Moving First Book Prize Finalist, The Voice Before, 2009.

Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize Semi-Finalist, The Voice Before, 2009.

National Poetry Series Finalist, The Voice Before, 2009.

Liam Rector First Book Prize Finalist, The Voice Before. 2009.

Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction Finalist, “Jack’s Kitchen.” 2009.

Pushcart Prize Nomination, “The Voice Before,” 2009. 

Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat Fellowship, 2008.

Winner, Robert Watson Literary Prize, “The Voice Before.” 2008.