Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, California. She teaches at California State University, Monterey Bay, in the social action and creative writing program. Her work has won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Award. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things and is editor in chief of TAYO Literary Magazine. Her work has been published by Guernica magazine, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Eleven Eleven journal, and the PEN American Center, among others. Melissa’s fiction has won scholarships and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers, Vermont Studio Center, Kundiman Fiction Retreat, VONA/Voices Conference, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is hard at work on a short story collection and novel.