Melissa Michal is of Seneca decent. Her creative work explores historical trauma and resilience within her own community. Her criticism focuses on trauma and representation of Indigenous histories and literatures in educational curricula. She is a fiction writer, essayist, scholar, and a professor. Her short story collection, Living On the Borderlines, is out with the Feminist Press in February 2019 and was a finalist for the Louise Meriwether first book prize. Melissa has work appearing in The Florida Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and other places. She has finished her novel, Along the Hills, and non-fiction collection, Broken Blood, and is now working on her critical monograph and second novel.
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