Melissa Grunow

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Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City (Tumbleweed Books, 2016). An award-winning writer & Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Yemassee, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, and Limestone, among others. She is also a live storyteller who regularly competes in NPR's Moth StorySLAM & is a Listen to Your Mother-Metro Detroit cast member. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from National University and an MA in English from New Mexico State University. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at @melgrunow.


Cover Photo: Tiki Bikini Hut by Melissa Grunow
Tiki Bikini Hut

"Flies and wasps swarmed us, seeking the sweetness of the fruit and alcohol that trickled down blenders and sullied the counters."

Mar 21, 2016
Cover Photo: Maybe a Mother, But Not a Mom by Melissa Grunow
Maybe a Mother, But Not a Mom

"My sister evolved from a Ms. to a Mrs. that day, and my family was unrecognizable as a family."

Mar 07, 2016
Cover Photo: Endings by Melissa Grunow

"He smiled a little and breathed in deeply. She was beautiful, he thought. Absolutely beautiful. And he was going to leave her."

Jan 10, 2016
Cover Photo: Second Chances by Melissa Grunow
Second Chances

People do incredible things for love, particularly for unrequited love. --Daniel Radcliffe

Dec 07, 2015