Melissa Studdard is the author of five books, including the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, the poetry chapbook Like a Bird with a Thousand Wings, and the young adult novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her short writings have appeared in a wide variety of journals, magazines, blogs, and anthologies, such as The New York Times, POETRY, Kenyon Review, Psychology Today, The Guardian, New Ohio Review, Harvard Review, New England Reviewand Poets & Writers.

short film of the title poem from Studdard’s I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (by Dan Sickles of Moxie Pictures for Motionpoems) was an official selection for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, as well as winner of the REEL Poetry Festival Audience Choice Award. Other poems of hers have been made into car magnets, telepoem booth recordings, and Houston City Banners and have won or been listed in many magazine and publication prizes, such as The Penn Review Poetry Prize, Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize for The Missouri Review, the Tom Howard Prize for Winning Writers, The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize for Munster Literature Centre, and Aesthetica magazine Creative Writing Award

Her book awards include the Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, the Kathak Literary Award, the Poiesis Award of Honor International, the Readers’ Favorite Award, and two Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. As well, her books have been listed in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts’ Best Books of the Year, January Magazine’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bustle’s “8 Feminist Poems To Inspire You When The World Is Just Too Much,” and Amazon’s Most Gifted Books.

She has recently been in residency at the Centrum in Port Townsend, and The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Manasota Key, where she was poet in residence.

In addition to writing, Studdard serves as the executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and on the TUPP Advisory Council as a Walt Whitman Project Planning Associate. As well, she is a past president of the Associated Writing Program’s Women’s Caucus. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence college and is a professor for the Lone Star College System.

9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello Melissa Studdard. I must say, you look very fine in this portrait.
    I’ve been thinking of you lately for some mysterious reason.
    I haven’t seen you on Facebook lately, so I am hoping you are well, and just busy.
    Anyway, this is hello, how are you, and be well, my friend.

  2. I don’t like contemporary poetry. Most of it feels coy and self aware. In other words, annoying. And like today’s road dust, all of it washes off in the next rain.
    I was stunned by Cosmos. Shaken sideways by your loving hand.
    You’re on to something. I hope to see more.

    Thank you for your hard work.


    1. I thought it was just me! I am not fond of contemporary poetry either. I am older, but why does it seem to be a sin these days to have rhyme and meter? That and not be so angry in poetry? Having said that, some amazing poetry and subjects out there. I am on a learning curve so opinions and advice most welcome. Amazing achievements from Melissa

  3. Sweet Melissa
    In her mind’s ear
    As she dances
    With the song of the surf

    Toilet paper
    In her mind’s eye
    To the branches
    Spooking passersby

    Happy Halloween!
    In her mind’s spirit
    When she jumps from a tree
    Scaring that poor lady

    Whose name she forgot

    (From Last Night’s Poetry Reading at The Hermitage)

      1. Its a classic call .. her name deleted but its a great ending… I m a poet of Bangladesh… regards to u poet Melissa !

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