Melani “Mele” Martinez is a dancer, teacher, mother, and writer from Tucson, AZ. Her personal and lyric essays often braid cultural narratives and spiritual reflection with a voice that is particular to the Southwest.
She has an MFA from Goucher College in Creative Nonfiction and her work has won the Fourth Genre Editor’s Prize, the Bacopa Literary Prize and the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Prizes.
She teaches food writing and Latinx-themed first-year writing courses for the University of Arizona's English Department and Writing Program.  
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