Our November guest was Melissa Matthewson. Melissa lives on a small mountain homestead in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She is the author of a collaborative chapbook, (un)learning, with Andrea Beltran from Artifact Press (2016). Her essays have been published in numerous places including DIAGRAMMid-American Review, Guernica, River Teeth, and Bellingham Review among other publications.

Her first book of nonfiction, Tracing the Desire Line, is coming out in 2019 from Split Lip Press. The book, as memoir-in-fragments, follows the narrator’s journey as a pirate radio DJ, writer, mother, and organic farmer exploring identity, sexuality, and feminine desire through opening her marriage with her husband.

Melissa also teaches writing and literature at Southern Oregon University.