Melissa Hung

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Melissa Hung is a writer and journalist. Her essays and reported stories have appeared in NPR, Vogue, Longreads, and Pacific Standard. She is the founding editor of Hyphen magazine. A native of Texas, she lives in California. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @melissahungtx and at


Cover Photo: An image of a young girl swimming in a pool. She wears a light blue swim cap and googles.
Longing for the Water

Swimming has saved me over and over again. But this time it cannot.

Jun 03, 2020
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How Meditation Helped Me Feel More Comfortable in My Body

How sad that I couldn’t regard myself with more kindness before, but how necessary it felt now that I was in constant pain.

Mar 09, 2020
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The Headache Diaries

The diary was how I organized a life suddenly thrown into chaos. This is what the human mind does; it looks for a narrative, for meaning.

Feb 07, 2020
Cover Photo: art by Ellen Orseck / image via brad, flickr
To Swim Is to Endure: On Living with Chronic Pain

“If I don’t swim, the pain grows. If I’m in more pain, what will become of my life?”

Apr 17, 2017