"Here is the thing about Melanie Nead: she gives you all of herself as a writer, editor, and human being. Her own writing is arrestingly beautiful, while her editorial feedback is fine-tuned, precise, and focused. She knows how to create narrative, and how to bring writing to life word by word and sentence by sentence. With an unbounded imagination and pure generosity, Melanie helps you create what you thought you couldn't. Her ear for language is an inimitable gift. Merely knowing her is to improve one's outlook and creative life. It's a very lucky thing to get to work with Melanie Nead."

-Mitra Parineh, The Writing Program Faculty at the University of Southern California