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 currently a full-time caregiver for her one-year-old daughter Sky. Formerly, 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’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. The book was published in a limited edition of 500 in fall 2014, and quickly sold out via online and select retail outlets. 36 incredible writers contributed to this dynamic book. All proceeds (nearly $5,000) were donated to pollinator conservation and education nonprofits, including the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Protection and Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary.