Melody Nixon is a pakeha (settler) writer, editor, and artist living in the U.S., between the Bay Area, California, and New York City. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the History of Consciousness department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studies race and contemporary U.S. poetry. She also teaches creative writing at Columbia University.
Her essays, criticism, fiction and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Literary Hub, BOMB Magazine, Guernica, Conjunctions, Electric Literature, Public Books, Entropy Magazine, Cura Magazine, Midnight Breakfast, No Dear Magazine, Gutter Magazine, Bloom, Positionen, Hoax Publication, and The Pariah Anthology from SFASU Press, among others. Her artistic projects have been performed in or documented by USF Bergen, Norway (2015); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany (2016); Tinos Quarry Platform, Greece (2016, 2017); Arte Digeribile, Italy (2016); Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Press, Brooklyn (2017), Melodie Michel, UC Santa Cruz (2018). She has been interviewed by The Hairpin and appeared on The Anti-Americana podcast.
Melody is the Interviews Editor of Amherst College-based literary and arts journal The Common, past Co-Curator of the Harlem, NYC performance series First Person Plural, and the Co-Founder of Apogee Journal, a literary activist project that combines aesthetics, politics, and community.
Melody holds an MFA in nonfiction creative writing from Columbia University, and is represented by Renee Zuckerbrot of MMQLit Literary in New York City. She likes otters and home cooking.