Melissa Wyse is a fiction and nonfiction writer. Her work has appeared in such publications as Shenandoah, Urbanite, and decomP. She has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and she holds a Master of Fine Arts from American University. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Ruby Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and a Myra Sklarew Award. She is currently completing a collection of short stories set in World War II Hawaii, titled Moon Over Sand Island.
Melissa is the founder and director of Idlewild Arts, an organization that connects people with the arts and with each other. Idlewild Arts hosts the annual Idlewild Writers Retreat, along with workshops, a podcast, and other arts programs throughout the year. Melissa has worked in the arts, education, and community-building for over ten years. She has also taught writing and literature at organizations including the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, American University, Pomfret School, SpiderSmart, and Writopia. Previously, she served as the Director of Development & Community Engagement for the Howard County Arts Council outside of Baltimore and as the Lead Community Resources Coordinator for Erickson Living’s Charlestown Community.