Academics at Prescott College

Melanie Bishop, M.F.A.

Faculty Emeritus

Melanie Bishop, Faculty Emeritus, taught creative writing and literature at Prescott College for 22 years, from 1991 to 2013. She was Founding Editor, and Fiction/Nonfiction Editor of Alligator Juniper, a national literary magazine, three-time winner of the AWP Directors’ Prize. Other notable contributions to the curriculum were Women’s Literature, The Memoir, and three advanced practicum courses—Writers in the Community, Literary Journal Practicum, and Advanced Fiction/Nonfiction Workshop, Arcosanti.

In May of 2018, Bishop’s short story, “Friday Night in America,” will be produced as a play/monologue, by Beth Marshall Presents, world premiere at the Orlando Fringe Festival.

Bishop’s young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life (Torrey House Press, 2014) was a top-five finalist in 2015 for both the John Gardner Award in Fiction and CLMP’s Firecracker Awards, and a top-ten finalist for the Lascaux Prize in Fiction. Bishop has published fiction and nonfiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Valley Guide, Hospice Magazine, Puerto del Sol, The American, Potomac Review, Vela, and Family Circle. She received a screenwriting fellowship from the Chesterfield Film Project, co-sponsored by Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. A screenplay written during the fellowship year went on to make the Top Ten Screenplays in America’s Best Screenplay competition.

Bishop is marketing a short story cycle, Home for Wayward Girls, which has been a finalist in seven book contests: Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction; University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards; Doris Bakwin Award; Tartt Fiction Award; the Eludia Award; the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award; and Augury Press’ Book Prize

Currently Bishop offers instruction, editing, and coaching through Lexi Services, and reviews books for Carmel Magazine, New York Journal of Books, and Huffington Post. Learn more at her website.