Melissa Barrett - sparkler shot 2Melissa Barrett, a poet from Kent, Ohio, is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, a Tin House writer’s scholarship, an Oboh Prize, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, the Koppenhaver Prize, and a Galway Kinnell scholarship from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Her poems have received honors from Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Better, Meridian, Diagram, Sonora Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Narrative. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Harvard Review, Web ConjunctionsThe Kenyon Review Online, The Paris-American, Best New Poets 2013, and Best American Poetry 2015. She holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Denver, and Wittenberg University.