Melanie Bishop’s young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life (Torrey House Press, 2014) was a top-five finalist for both the John Gardner Award in Fiction, sponsored by University of Binghamton, and the Firecracker Awards, sponsored by Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. It was a top-ten finalist for the Lascaux Fiction Prize. The Savior of Me, Book Two of the Tate McCoy Series, is forthcoming.
Bishop has nonfiction in New York Times‘ “Modern Love” column, Family Circle, Carmel Magazine, and Huffington Post, and short fiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Potomac Review, Valley Guide, Hospice Magazine, Puerto del Sol, Moria, and The American. In July of 2019, she will teach “Writing the Modern Love Essay” for Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program.
She is currently seeking publication for longform nonfiction titled “Final Instructions for Princesses,” and for a cycle of linked stories, Home for Wayward Girls, which has been a finalist in seven book contests: Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction; University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards; Doris Bakwin Award; Tartt Fiction Award; the Eludia Award; the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award; and Augury Press’ Book Prize.
Melanie Bishop is Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College, where she taught creative writing and literature for twenty-two years, and was founder and editor of Alligator Juniper, the college’s award-winning, national literary magazine. Currently Bishop offers instruction, editing and coaching through Lexi Services, and reviews books for New York Journal of Books.
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November 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm
The NY Times modern love column mentioned non fiction work you recently completed about your mother. Is it published yet? I so enjoyed the piece about the Honda.
November 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm
Thanks so much, Elizabeth for reading the essay and commenting on it. The longer work about my mom is NOT published yet. I’m seeking publication and hope to bring it to readers soon! Thanks again.
December 5, 2018 at 5:43 am
Your story about your Mom and her Honda brought back many memories of my Mom who suffered from Alzheimer’s several years ago. She lived on the other side of the state, Michigan, from me and when she realized she could not be so far from her only daughter due to her progressing dementia, I drove in, packed her and her a Honda up, and moved her in with my husband and I. I was amazed at that time that she had actually acquiesced to the move, she had always been such an independent woman, but she inwardly knew it was time. She was the first owner of the Honda, then she gave it to me and now my son has it. I often wonder about writing that story. My Mom was my best friend. I could tell her anything. We would many times laugh so hard at some silly thing that we would both get a “laughing nag” and literally be “ROTF”. I could go on and on. Thank you so much for this story.
December 5, 2018 at 5:56 am
Thank you, Debby. I have loved hearing from so many readers since the Modern Love essay came out. Your story has so many similarities to mine. The Honda! I will let you know when the longer essay about my mother is published. And yes, you should write your story! Thanks again for reading the essay and writing to me. It means a great deal.