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Melissa Tuckey is a writer and activist living in Washington, DC. She's recipient of Artist Fellowship Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She is a graduate of George Mason University's MFA program. Melissa teaches in the Professional Writing Program at University of Maryland.
Her chapbook Rope as Witness is published by Pudding House Press. Her poems have appeared in the Southeast Review, Poet Lore, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Terrain: A Journal of Built and Natural Environments, and others.
Melissa is events coordinator for DC Poets Against the War and passionate about the importance of poetry, noting its unique power to engage the heart and mind and encourage readers to acknowledge and appreciate the complexities of truth. Melissa often responds to politics through word, image and lyric. She serves as asst. festival director for Split This Rock Poetry Festival and is currently working to develop it into a non-profit organization.
She points out that "we cannot do our work without freedom of expression. I can't imagine living in a country where it's a crime to speak the truth." Melissa also believes "we have to find a new way of doing commerce, one that doesn't involve war. We have to find a new way of solving problems." She welcomes mail - melissa dot dcpaw at gmail dot com. We are honored to read Melissa's words here.
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