Maria Melendez is author of two collections of poetry from University of Arizona Press:
How Long She'll Last in This World (2006), and Flexible Bones (2010). She has been
a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Poetry, a two-time Honorable
Mention recipient for the International Latino Book Awards, and a finalist for the
Colorado Book Award. Her essays appear in Ms. Magazine, Sojourns and elsewhere,
and her poetry and essays are widely anthologized, most recently in Colors of Nature:
Culture, Identity & the Natural World. NPR’s American Democracy Project broadcast
several of her essays on arts & activism, and she currently edits Pilgrimage, a literary
magazine emphasizing the themes of spirit, witness and place. As an independent
editorial consultant, she helps new and established writers create dynamic manuscripts.