Melissa Falcon Field was born in Hartford, Connecticut. There, at an early age, she developed her passion for social justice and educational equality. After graduating high school, she attended college in Maine then pursed a Master’s Degree in English Language Arts, a program from which she was recruited by Teach for America to work as a classroom instructor and school reform activist. Inspired by her students’ writing and the power of literary fiction to inspire student success, Melissa later earned her MFA in Fiction Writing at Texas State University. Her first novel, What Burns Away, “a study of loyalty, family, and the discovery of how the past is nearly always waiting for us in the future” was published with Sourcebooks in 2015.
Using Creative Writing to promote literacy and social justice, Melissa remains a dedicated educator and author. Her honors include the Katherine Anne Porter Literacy Center’s Writer-in-Residence appointment, a seat at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Teacher of the Year, and a fellowship at The Vermont Studio Center. Melissa has also performed and contributed her essays with Listen to your Mother, a hilarious anthology and edgy stage production celebrating motherhood, in all its many forms. Her essay “Snoop Dog” was also chosen for the production’s anthology.
An explorer of nature trails and avid birder, Melissa’s lifelong love of the environment and the coastline has most recently led her to Charleston, South Carolina, where she resides with her husband, her two silly dogs and her beloved ten-year-old son. There she continues her working toward environmental and educational justice as a seventh grade English teacher. Recently, she completed her second novel, Flight Patterns, a story set alongside the Atlantic, the ocean that has become one of her best teachers.