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“I’m compelled, I’m speaking of myself as a black man, to doubt my history, to examine it; I’m compelled to try to create it. I’m trying to excavate my history from all the rubble that has been buried for so many hundreds of years. And that means I have to question everything.” ― James Baldwin

The Short BioBatibot: small but terrible. Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, CA. She won Glimmer Train‘s Fiction Open and co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology on new Philippine myths by Carayan Press. Her work is in Glimmer Train, Guernica, Washington Square Review, and Eleven Eleven, among others. She cofounded TAYO Literary Magazine and teaches at Old Dominion University.

The Long BioMelissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, California. She won First Place in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and a Finalist Scholarship for the SLS-DISQUIET Literary Prize. Her work is published in GuernicaGlimmer Train Stories, Washington Square ReviewPANK MagazineEleven ElevenCA+THYPHEN Magazine580 SplitLantern ReviewFjords Review, and Kweli Journal, among others. Melissa co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology on new Philippine myths published by Carayan Press (2015). Cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of TAYO Literary Magazine, she was the Community Engagement Fellow at Mills College and the Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2013 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her short fiction received the 2014 Amanda Davis MFA Thesis Award, the 2013 Ardella Mills Prize, the 2011 Miguel G. Flores Prize, and, in 2012 and 2013, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. As a Kundiman Fiction Fellow, VONA/Voices Fellow, and U.S. Navy wife, she teaches at Old Dominion University and is currently working on a novel.