Melissa Reeser Poulin is a poet and writer in Portland, Oregon. Her work appears in basalt, Catamaran Literary Reader, The Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, Ruminate, and Water~Stone Review, among other journals. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program.
Melissa is currently a freelance writer and full-time mother. Previously, she worked as an educator and co-discoverer of the writing process with writers of all kinds: with English language learners at Kaplan International Center in downtown Portland; with high school students in Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program; and at Marylhurst University’s dynamic summer camp show:tell: The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. It has also been her great joy to write with elders, youth, and families as a volunteer workshop facilitator for Write Around Portland. In 2015, just a few weeks before her daughter’s birth, Melissa graduated from the Teaching Artists Studio, a 5-month professional development program for Oregon makers who share their passion for creativity with youth.
Along with poet Jill McKenna Reed, in 2013 Melissa created and edited Winged: New Writing on Bees, an anthology of modern writing on the relationship between humans and honeybees. Featuring poetry, fiction, and essays from 36 writers, the book was published in a limited edition of 500 in fall 2014, and quickly sold out via online and select retail outlets. All proceeds (nearly $5,000) benefitted pollinator conservation and education nonprofits, including the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Protection and Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary.