Melissa Range was born and raised in Upper East Tennessee, Elizabethton, Tennessee, in the northeast corner of the state (Appalachia proper, in the hills).
Education: University of Tennessee-Knoxville, BA in English/Creative Writing, 1995. Old Dominion University, MFA in Poetry, 1998 Emory University, Candler School of Theology, Master of Theological Studies (a twoyear academic degree, similar to an MA, not an MDiv degree), 2005. She was poet-inresidence at Candler as well as at the Emory University Ethics Center and the Richmond Theological Consortium.
Currently she is a David R. Francis Fellow at the University of Missouri where she is pursuing her PhD in creative writing. This semester, she is focusing her studies on the history of the elegy and (secondarily) on Old English poetry, Beowulf.
Awards: She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a “Discovery,”/The Nation award, and writing fellowships from the Yaddo artists’ community, Saratoga, Springs, New York, and from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts. This past October 27, she was the Stark Visiting Writer at the University of Dallas. She gave a poetry reading and a public lecture—“Battlements of Straw: Becoming a ‘Religious’ Poet.”
Publications: In addition to Horse and Rider’s being published by Texas Tech University Press as the 2010 Walt McDonald First-Book Series in Poetry winner, Melissa Range’s poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Hudson Review, The Paris Review, Image, Western Humanities Review, and Poetry London (UK), as well as in the anthologies The Yale Anthology of Younger American Poets (forthcoming, Fall 2010) and Best Spiritual Writing 2010.
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