Melissa J White is a creative nonfiction author whose work has been called, gripping, lucid, and delicious. Her latest book from Tres Chicas Books is "Dizzy Sushi", about her year living, traveling, and teaching English conversation in Japan.
2013 "Dizzy Sushi" Tres Chicas Books
2009 "Angel Someone" Amazon Kindle eBook
2014 Finalist, New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, Dizzy Sushi
2011 Best Crowdsourced Mobile App, MIX Challenge Santa Fe
2009 Winner, New Mexico Holiday Writing Contest
2008 First Place, Short Screenplay, RIIFF
2006 Recursos de Santa Fe Discovery Prize
1987 Henry Austin Prize for Poetry, St. John's College, Santa Fe
Melissa is the owner of Whitespace Creative, LLC, a communication design studio specializing in custom designed websites, SEO marketing, and content development. She is currently the Donor Services and Communications Manager at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe.
After graduating from St. John's College with a major in western philosophy and a minor in math, Melissa traveled and lived in Japan, studied Japanese, Zen, and worked teaching English conversation for ECC. Her reviews, interviews, poetry and fiction have been published in Whole Earth Review, THE Magazine, Indian Artist Magazine, the Santa Fe Reporter, Crosswinds, Fish Drum and Noctiluca--an English language magazine from Japan--and the Santa Fe New Mexican among others.
Melissa finished a Certificate in Screenwriting at NMFI (New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive) studying with Tom Musca, Jonathan Wacks, Kirk Ellis, and Diane Schneier-Perrin. She has been on the staff of the Screenwriting Conference in Santa Fe since 2007 and has worked in the New Mexico film industry as a script supervisor and assistant production coordinator. She was the first blog editor of the Santa Fe Film Festival for two years, 2011 & 2012.
Melissa's directorial debut, the short film "Wastewater", premiered at the New Mexico Film Expo in September, 2009, and has also been shown at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and the Auxiliary Dogs Film Festival in Albuquerque.
Melissa has made Santa Fe her home since 1981.