Melissa Falcon Field’s debut novel, What Burns Away, was published in January of 2015 from Sourcebooks. Author Jan Elizabeth Watson called What Burns Away “an elegy for a lost girlhood, a study of geographical and cosmic displacement, a portrait of a waning marriage, and a portrayal of a heroine whom readers will find both surprising and relatable,” and author Bill Roorbach called it “a study of safety, loyalty, and heart.”
Melissa was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Texas State University. She has been a recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Writer-in-Residence appointment and attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. For nearly a decade, she worked with Teach for America and AmeriCorps, in New York, Boston and San Francisco, as an inner city schoolteacher. Later, she later taught Creative Writing at small colleges across New England, including the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the SALT school for documentary field work in Portland, Maine. Her writing has appeared in various literary magazines and journals, including: Hip Momma: The Parenting Zine, Kaliope Literary Journal, The Portland Phoenix, Across Curriculums, The Austin American Statesmen, The Ballantine Books Reader’s Circle, The Hartford Courant and The Maine Scholar.
Melissa lives in Shorewood Village with her young son, her husband, and four chickens. You can read more about Melissa at her web site.