Project Description

Profession:

Writer and Founder of Poetry on the Streets, LLC

Five Words About Me:

Creative, open, deep-diver, connector, compassionate

One Surprising Skill:

Seeing creative possibilities and taking risks

Melanie Faranello is a fiction writer and the creator of Poetry on the Streets, LLC. She is the recipient of a CT Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Fiction and a Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies. She received her MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and shortlisted forSarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize; The Dana Awards for the Novel and William Faulkner Wisdom Competition. Her writing has been published in Blackbird, Huffington Post Personal, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Requited, Connotation Press, Literary Mama, among others. Originally from Chicago, Melanie has worked as teaching artist in communities throughout New York City, Chicago, Hartford, and Cuenca, Ecuador, honoring the voices and stories from many different populations. She has studied and conducted research in Nepal. The Pollination Project, granting awards globally in support of social change, named her one of “14 community organizers who create equity in the face of inequity.”