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Melissa Reeser Poulin is a poet and writer in Portland, Oregon. Her work appears in basalt, Catamaran Literary Reader, Ruminate, and Water~Stone Review, among other journals. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program.

Melissa is a dedicated educator and co-discoverer of the writing process with writers of all kinds. Currently, she teaches beginning writing classes for English language learners at an international school in downtown Portland. She also writes with high school students with Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program, and at Marylhurst’s dynamic summer camp show:tell: The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. And it has been her great joy to write with elders, youth, and families as a workshop facilitator for Write Around Portland.

Along with poet Jill McKenna Reed, Melissa is currently editing Winged: New Writing on Bees, an anthology of recent writing on the relationship between humans and honey bees. The book will be released in September 2014.

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