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Melanie Figg is a 2017-2019 NEA Poetry Fellow. Her work has been published in dozens of journals and received awards from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and local arts councils. She curates Literary Art Tours in DC galleries (a Washington Post "Editor’s Pick"), and teaches in arts centers and privately. As a certified professional coach, she offers writing retreats and works one-on-one with writers to tame their inner critics, and create sustainable routines to enjoy their writing lives and get their work out there. www.melaniefigg.net