Melanie Bishop

Writing, Teaching, Editing, Retreats


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Congratulations to Michelle Hohn on her very productive week in Prescott.

Here she is taking a break from all her hard work up at Watson Lake, the Prescott Dells in the background.

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We wrapped up with a celebratory dinner at Biga’s. Congrats!

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More great news from clients!

I can hardly keep up with all their successes!

Congratulations to Pia Chaudhuri for her first place win in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Contest, Science Fiction category.   

AND, congratulations to Heather Knowles on her first publication, an essay titled “Holes” which went live today on Barnstorm, the online literary magazine out of University of New Hampshire’s MFA program. The publication includes Heather reading aloud a two- minute excerpt. Check it out here.

 

 

 


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Client News

Congratulations to Linda I. Meyers, whose memoir, the tellwill be released on June 8th!

Beautiful, poignant, funny, smart book. Order your copy here:

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Congratulations to Alison Kleppinger, who recently completed a second draft of her memoir, Something Shiny About Us. Looking forward to seeing this one in print!

 

Congratulations to Pia Chaudhuri, whose screenplay Perfectus, was just named a top-five finalist in the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition! Winners announced April 9th.  

 


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Countdown to Release of Nature Love Medicine: Three More Days!

Highly recommend this book!
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Honored to have an essay on loss and grief in this important anthology. Each day leading up to publication date, the editor Tom Fleischner features one author/essay on the book’s FB page. My essay is featured today, 3 days till release.
Here are three excerpts from “In the Form of Birds.”
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The movement gets larger and has a sound. Birdlike and big, it quickly overwhelms the small room. Still, I don’t feel wide awake, don’t get up, turn on the light, do any of what you might normally do hearing something strange in your room at night. Whatever level of consciousness I inhabit, I know that the movement is my father, shown up in the form he was able to. 
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Consulting my bird book now, I see that the new birds I listed that summer were the Western Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Plain Titmouse, Phainopepla, Black-headed Grosbeak and Northern Flicker. The journal I kept reveals this note: If the bird isn’t my father, the fact that I’m even noticing him, paying attention, is my father’s influence, so isn’t that the same thing? Doesn’t matter if the winged visits from my father can be verified; doesn’t matter if they are real or imagined. What matters is this bird love is something he gave me.
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It was a harsh grief for me, incomprehensible pain. I thought that having been through the loss of my father, when the time came for my mother to leave, I would do grief well, like someone who’s practiced. Instead, I was a wreck. This grief was an entirely different beast.
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Reading from “In the Form of Birds” at Peregrine Book Company.

Excited to participate in the launch of this important anthology: Nature Love Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness, (Torrey House Press) edited by Tom Fleischner. Thanks, Tom, for including “In the Form of Birds” in the book.

Peregrine’s event included readings by Tom Fleischner, Editor, and by fellow contributor, Edie Dillon. Book’s official release date is Nov. 14th. 

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Photo credit: Ted Bouras.