Melissa Barrow is a writer and mixed-media artist. She has been journaling (Anais-Nin-style) and writing poetry since age 7. She was a DJ and music reviewer at KALX 90.7 FM Berkeley from 1996-2012. Her essays, music reviews, collages, and photographs have appeared in various obscure underground ‘zines since the 1980’s. The daughter of innovative, mixed-media art photographer Thomas Barrow, she was surrounded by art and artists all her life, which gave her an appreciation of all forms of media. Her exposure - at age 15 - to the early ‘80’s Tempe/Phoenix punk scene, taught her to question everything and think outside the box, and she has avidly explored the many streams of counter-culture art ever since. Melissa has also spent 25 years devoted to natural healing and environmentalism. She is especially interested in the intersection between art and ecology. She holds a BA in English Literature with an unofficial minor in Photography from ASU, and a Masters in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California. After 18 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she returned to the desert 2 ½ years ago. She has fallen in love with Tucson and is honored to work for local nonprofit Native Seeds/SEARCH.
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Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.
The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.