Melanie J. Malinowski earned a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, receiving the C. Glenn Cambor Fiction Award, an m.A. in English from the University of New mexico, winning the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, and a B.A. in English from Penn State University. Her essay “Stone Cold Fox” was published in Hippocampus Magazine, and her essay “Arena Rock” won the Non-Fiction Prize for the Don’t Talk To me About Love contest. Her short story “Girl Weds Dog: Same Old Story, Same Old Song and Dance” won Opossum’s short fiction contest and is forthcoming in the publication.