Miranda Mellis

Miranda MellisEducation

MFA, Brown University, 2004


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Miranda Mellis

Biographical Note

Miranda Mellis is the author of The Quarry (Trafficker Press, 2013); The Spokes (Solid Objects, 2012); None of This Is Real (Sidebrow Press, 2012); Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2009); and The Revisionist (Calamari Press, 2007) which was a finalist for The Believer 2007 Book Award. The Revisionist is out in translation in Italy and Croatia. Mellis has received The John Hawkes Prize in Fiction, The Michael Harper Praxis Prize, and an NEH Independent Research Grant. In 2014 she received an Artist in Residence award at The Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Her writing has appeared in various journals and magazines including Conjunctions, The Believer, Harper's, McSweeney's, Cabinet, Fence, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, American Book Review, Context, Modern Painters, Jacket2, The Volta, and elsewhere. She is a founding editor at The Encyclopedia Project, a multi-volume, cross-genre publication that combines the literary journal, reference book, and art book. Interviews with and readings by Mellis may be found at htmlgiant; The Writer's Block at KQED; Poet As Radio; and The Conversant. Her experimental essay on the cult painter Xylor Jane is out in 19991, the first comprehensive overview of the artist's work (PictureBox 2014). Before joining the faculty at Evergreen in 2012, she taught at Mills College, California College of the Arts, University of Chicago, Barnard College, UC Santa Cruz, University of San Francisco, and elsewhere. She is a member of the summer faculty at the Language & Thinking Program at Bard College. She grew up in San Francisco.

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Latest Publication Title

None of this is Real, 2012

The Spokes by Miranda MellisPublication Information

Review of The Spokes in Publisher's Weekly:  "With prose that seamlessly blends the absurd, the melancholic, and the inscrutable, Mellis offers a fresh and vivid version of the afterworld in her slim new book (after None of This Is Real). In Mellis's singular vision, the land of the dead is neither heaven nor hell, but a "realm whose primary substance is not time—" a world accessible only by intermittent ferry and where dreams are 'movies for the dead' and gelatin is the only food. The novella's narrator, Lucia Spoke, finds herself adrift in this strange world and soon reconnects with the specter of her mother, Silver, a tightrope walker whose death (possibly a suicide) has haunted Lucia throughout her life. What follows is less a story than an irresistible accumulation of moments, language, and imagery as Silver and Lucia wait for a message, a clue to tell them where to go or what to do next. Readers may find themselves in a similar situation as they meander through this brief book, waiting for an epiphany that never quite emerges. Those who expect their plots tidy and their themes spelled out will likely be frustrated, but for the more adventurous, this captivating novella offers a sensory experience that will linger long after this quick read is over."

Other Publications

The Quarry (Trafficker Press, 2013);
The Spokes (Solid Objects, 2012);
None of This Is Real (Sidebrow Press, 2012);
Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2009); and
The Revisionist (Calamari Press, 2007)