MELISSA R. SIPIN
writer, designer, editor & profesora
MFA in English & Creative Writing
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Mills College, Oakland, CA, May 2014
M.F.A. in English & Creative Writing (Emphasis in Prose/Fiction)
Thesis Committee: Elmaz Abinader (director); Patricia Powell (reader)
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
B.A. in English Literature (concentration in creative writing)
Senior Directed Research: Her Eyes Round Like Coconuts
Thesis Committee: Viet Nguyen (director)
Awarded USC Cardinal & Gold in Community Leadership
+ Kuwento: Lost Things (An Anthology of New Philippine Myths), Co-Editors: Melissa Sipin and Rachelle Cruz. Carayan Press, Spring 2015. ISBN: 978-0-9712066-9-4. Print.
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry.
+ “Scorched-Earth,” PEN/Guernica Flash Series. Editor: Cathy Chung. November 2015. Online.
+ “Tangential Divagation: Notes of an Immigrant Daughter,” VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Editor: Emily Brandt. November 2015. Online.
+ “Dying Down in the Heart,” Aster(ix) Journal. Editors: Adriana E. Ramirez and Vanessa Martír. October 2015. Print and Online.
+ “Dead Girl in the Bed,” Day One. Editor: Morgan Park. September 2015. Print and Online
+ “What Comes from Silence,” Midnight Breakfast: Issue 11, Summer 2015. Editors: Taylor Palvik and Rebecca Rubenstein. Online.
+ “This First Breath,” Winner of Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize, Fall 2015. Editor: Emily Yoon. Judge: Tope Folarin. Print.
+ “Against Explanation,” Twelfth House, Editor: Caleb Washburn, Issue: Summer 2015. Online.
+ “The Salt in the Snails,” HYPHEN Magazine. Editor: Karissa Chen. Issue 29: Health (Fall 2016). Print.
+ “Small but Terrible,” and experimental flash fiction pieces, Eleven Eleven Journal, Editor: Bjorn Svendsen, (California College of the Arts’ MFA Program: Graduate Journal). January 2015: Issue No. 18, Print and Online.
+ “To My Unknown Daughter: On the Inheritance of Writing,” Glimmer Train Stories Bulletin: Writers Ask. Editors: Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda B. Swanson-Davies. Glimmer Train Press, 2014. Dec/Jan 2014–2015. Print and Online.
+ “Walang Hiya, Brother,” Glimmer Train Stories (Winner of Fiction Open). Editors: Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda B. Swanson-Davies. Glimmer Train Press, 2013. (Issue 91, Fall 2014). Print.
+ “Mercy,” Guernica. Editors: Meakin Armstrong and Cathy Chung, September 2014 Issue. Online.
+ “To Rewrite the Diasporic Body: On Process and Trauma,” Center of Art and Thought. Editor: Clare Counihan, Exhibition Issue: “Hidden: Personal Narrative,” (Winter 2014). Online.
+ “How to Leave Familia.” PANK Magazine. Editor: Roxane Gay. June Issue 2014. Online.
AWARDS AND HONORS
+ Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony, St, Peterborough, New Hampshire (January–February 2017)
+ Scholarship/Work Exchange, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (February 2017)
+ Carlisle Family Scholar, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers Conference, Squaw Valley, CA (July 2016)
+ McCrindle Fellow, Poets & Writers, Los Angeles, California, 10-month fellowship (2015–2016)
+ Shortlist Award, David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship, The University of East Anglia (2015)
+ General Contributor Spot, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference (Summer 2015)
+ Winner, Washington Square Review’s 2015 Flash Fiction Prize. Judged by Tope Folarin (Summer 2015)
+ Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to Kundiman Fiction Retreat, Philippine American Writers & Artists, Inc. (Summer 2015)
+ Finalist (Scholarship), SLS–Disquiet Literary Prize, DISQUIET International & Summer Literary Seminars, “Dead Girl in the Bed,” short story, judged by Aimee Bender (March 2015)
+ Fiction Fellowship, Kundiman Fiction Retreat (Faculty: Gina Apostol, Sigrid Nunez, and Peter Ho Davies), Fordham University, New York City (June 2015)
+ Amanda Davis Fiction MFA Thesis Prize, Mills College, judged by MFA Faculty (May 2014)
+ Merit Scholarship, Key West Literary Seminar: 32nd Annual “The Dark Side” & Workshop, San Carlos Institute (January 2014)
+ Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open: “The Salt in the Snails,” short story (September 2013)
+ First Place, Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open: “Walang Hiya, Brother,” short story (March 2013)
+ Graduate Travel Award, Mills College (January 2014)
+ Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction, Sewanee Writers’ Conference (July 2013)
+ Nominated, Pushcart Prize, Kweli Journal (2013)
+ Ardella Mills Prize in Graduate Fiction, Mills College, Judged by MFA Alumni (May 2013)
+ Graduate Travel Award, Mills College (April 2013)
+ Recipient, Narrative Writing and Community Engagement Fellowship (full-ride), Mills College, Department of English (2012-2014)
+ Nominated, Pushcart Prize, Kweli Journal (2012)
+ Nominated, Pushcart Prize, Kartika Review (2012)
+ Scholar, Kweli Journal Scholarship Program, Tutelage under Laura Pegram (2012)
+ Manuel G. Flores Prize, PAWA Scholarship to VONA/Voices Fellowship with ZZ Packer, Philippine American Writers & Artists, Inc. (Summer 2011)
+ Second Place, Undergraduate Virginia Middleton Creative Writing Prize, USC PhD Literature & Creative Writing, Department of English (2010)
+ Honorable Mention in Creative Writing (Third Place), USC Undergraduate Writers’ Conference (2010)
+ Recipient, USC Cardinal & Gold Award in Community Leadership (2010)
+ Scholar, Trojan Guild of Los Angeles (2008-2010)
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