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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

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The Short BioBatibot: small but terrible. A writer from Carson, CA. Won First Place in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open. Published in GTGuernica, PANK, CA+T, and HYPHEN, among others. Working on a novel.

The Long BioMelissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, California. In 2013, she won First Place in the March Glimmer Train Fiction Open and Honorable Mention in the September Glimmer Train Fiction Open. Her work is in GuernicaGlimmer Train Stories, PANK Magazine, sPARKLE+bLINK, HYPHEN Magazine580 SplitLantern ReviewFjords Review, and Kweli Journal, among others. Cofounder 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 (Runner-Up), 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 ODU and Tidewater Community College. She is currently working on a novel.