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Award-winning Memoirist and Essayist Melissa Febos Joins NWP Faculty

Jun 01, 2020
Melissa Febos

The Nonfiction Writing Program has hired memoirist and essayist Melissa Febos as a permanent and full-time member of its faculty.

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart: The True Story of a Secret Life and the phenomenal personal essay collection Abandon Me, which The New Yorker called "mesmerizing" and ultimately listed it as one of the Best Books of the year--as did Esquire, Book Riot, The Cut, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Bustle, Refinery29, Salon, and The Rumpus. Her work has received awards from Lambda Literary, the Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Center for Women Writers, and it has regularly been featured in magazines such as Granta, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Guernica, The Guardian, Vogue, The Believer, Tin House and Best American Essays. Febos herself has been interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air," CNN, and even a short-lived talk show that Anderson Cooper once hostedFor many years she served on the board of directors of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, which advocates for greater gender equity and diversity in the literary landscape, and for a decade she hosted and curated the popular New York City literary series "The Mixer." 

A graduate of both the New School and the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, Febos taught for many years at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and directed the creative writing program at Monmouth University. Now, as a full-time and permanent member of The Nonfiction Writing Program, she'll regularly be teaching graduate workshops and seminars every fall and spring.