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About Melissa J White
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 graduated from St. John's College in Santa Fe and worked at Upaya Zen Center as the Development and Communications Director and has a Certificate in Criminal Investigations from the Santa Fe Community College.
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.
“I finally finished reading ‘Angel Someone’ this afternoon,” writes Gail Snyder, writer and editor of Not Drowning, Waving. “I downloaded it but couldn’t get very far without completely breaking down bawling, waiting for a time when I could manage to dive back down into this grief. So much has happened this year . . . I’ve been letting go of people, resentments, guilt and anger, and I’ve so much needed to cry, but somehow not allowing myself to. ‘Angel Someone’ gave me that opportunity, finally. It’s so beautifully written, so honest and real. I loved it. Here’s to feeling all of our feelings, no matter what.”.
Author, Melissa J White: “One summer day, my world collapsed when our dog was hit by a car. I didn’t know what to do with my grief, so I began writing about Angel. Three years later, this story has evolved into a personal manifesto on coping with grief, questioning my beliefs, and finding hope. When I began to share my story, I found a large and gracious community of pet lovers who grieve as much over their dogs or cats as anyone would over a human being. In their compassion, I began to see a different world — one that included benevolence and support for every living creature, including ourselves.”
“I think lots of people will benefit from releasing a little more of that particular grief that comes with the passing of any of the beings we share our lives with. It is especially difficult when a death is untimely or violent.” Ron Strauch
“I started reading ‘Angel Someone’ while I was at work, thinking it would be a cute story about a puppy dog. I started crying and had to wait ’til I got home to finish it. That moment when you feel their life pass – I get teary-eyed just thinking of it. What a beautiful story, especially the honesty about feeling responsible. ~ Roberta White
“Angel Someone” is honestly graphic about a horrific event, but it is also refreshingly honest about the soul-searching we all do when someone, even a pet, dies. Reading this book is a chance to connect with the reason we grieve; because we love.