Melody Schreiber

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Melody Schreiber is a freelance journalist who has reported from nearly every continent, covering everything from the effects of climate change on mental health in the Arctic to the changing tides of livelihoods in the Chesapeake Bay. Her articles, essays, and reviews have been published by The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, STAT News, The Toast, and elsewhere; and her fiction has appeared in District Lines, Magical: An Anthology, and Abundant Grace. Her anthology about premature birth, What We Didn't Expect, will be published in November 2020.


Cover Photo: A photograph of the author's son, face obscured, wearing a unicorn hoodie and running around in a lush wooded backyard
He’s Starting School at Home, But I’m Just Happy He’s Here

Nothing in my son’s life has gone according to plan. Why would school be any different?

Sep 16, 2020
Cover Photo: J. Longo
I Thought Figure Skating Wasn’t for a Girl Like Me

Skating was for graceful girls, pretty girls. Girls with money. Not a girl like me.

Feb 20, 2018
Cover Photo: Mary Kathryn Nagle
“We’re not going to change the laws until we tell the stories of the silenced”: Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle on Theatre, History, the Law, and Native Sovereignty

“There is this idea that American Indians are a remnant of the past, not people who have voices and important stories to be shared today.”

Feb 05, 2018
Cover Photo: photo of the author’s son
Premature Baby, Preexisting Condition

“I am terrified that one day we will not pursue a treatment our son needs because we can no longer pay for it.”

Nov 06, 2017
Cover Photo: Photo: Tom Woodward (
Borne Up by an Ocean

Seeing how many friends have endured harassment and abuse didn't depress me. It made me optimistic.

Oct 17, 2017