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Melissa B. Febos, M.F.A.

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty

Graduate Program Director for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Photo of Melissa B. Febos, M.F.A.

M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College

B.A., Eugene Lang College, New School University

Wilson Annex 410
Courses this Semester
EN 202 Literature II
EN 255 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
EN 607 Seminar Creative Writing Non-Fiction
Regularly Taught Courses
EN 202 Literature II
EN 251 Creative Writing - Intro
EN 255 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
EN 352 The Craft of Writing
EN 491 Advanced Creative Writing
EN 598 Graduate Creative Thesis Seminar
EN 607 Seminar: CW Non-Fiction

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which The New Yorker called, “mesmerizing.” Abandon Me was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a Best Book of 2017. Her second essay collection will be published in 2020. The inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary, her work has appeared in publications including The Kenyon ReviewTin House, Granta, The Believer, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Sewanee Review, Lenny LetterThe Guardian, Elle, and Vogue. Her essays have won prizes from Prairie SchoonerStory Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers at Salem College and she has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, and Anderson Cooper Live. She is a three-time MacDowell Colony fellow and has also received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute, Ragdale, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, which named her the 2017 recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award. She curated the Mixer Reading and Music Series in Manhattan for ten years and served on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts for five. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College she is an Associate Professor at Monmouth University.

Research Interests

Specialty is creative nonfiction, with additional interests in fiction, poetry, contemporary American literature, and women's studies.

Abandon Me. Bloomsbury, 2017.
Whip Smart. St. Martin’s Press, 2010.


“The Book of Hours,” Story Quarterly. 2015.

Book Contributions:

Goodbye to All That: Loving and Leaving New York. Seal Press. 2013.

The Moment. Harper Perennial. 2012.

Crush: Tales of First Love. Harlequin. 2010.

Popular Press

Select Nonfiction and Short Stories

The New York Times, Salon, Granta, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, The Kenyon Review, The Portland Review, Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Glamour, The Brooklyn Rail, LUMINA, Drunken Boat, Hunger Mountain, Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York;, Bitch Magazine, & Post Road.


Ragdale residency in 2017
Vermont Studio Center residency in 2015
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space residency in 2015
The Center for Women Writers Creative Nonfiction Prize in 2015
The MacDowell Colony residencies in 2010, 2011, 2014
A Story Quarterly Essay Prize in 2014
Virginia Center for Creative Arts residency in 2014
The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund fellowship in 2013
The Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Prize in 2013.

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