Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), which Terry Gross called “fascinating” and Kirkus Reviews said “expertly captures grace within depravity,” and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which 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 third book, Girlhood (Bloomsbury), was released in March 2021 and became a national bestseller. A craft book, Body Work, is forthcoming in 2022 from Catapult.
Febos is a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and the inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary. She has been awarded other prizes and fellowships from MacDowell, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute at the Camargo Foundation, Ucross Foundation, Ragdale, Prairie Schooner, and others.
The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, her essays have recently appeared in The New York Review of Books, Tin House, Granta, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The Sun, The Believer, The Sewanee Review, and The New York Times Magazine.
Professor Febos served on the department’s IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice) Committee for the 2020-21 academic year. She BUILD Certified, and has completed the following voluntary trainings:
BUILD: BEYOND THE NUMBERS-FOUNDATIONS FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION
BUILD: EXPLORING THE INFLUENCE OF IMPLICIT BIAS IN OUR WORK AND LIVES--THE RESEARCH, IMPACT, AND STRATEGIES TO OVERRIDE
BUILD: A CLOSER LOOK AT RACE IN AMERICA
BUILD: THEORY TO PRACTICE-ENGAGING WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF ACTIVISM
BUILD: LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT-RECOGNIZING AND RESPECTING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
BUILD: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER-STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS