Melissa Falcon Field was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Texas State University. She has been a recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Writer- in- Residence appointment and attended the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. For nearly a decade, she worked with Teach for America and AmeriCorps, in New York, Boston and San Francisco, as an inner city schoolteacher. Later, she later taught Creative Writing at small colleges across New England, including the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and the SALT school for documentary field work in Portland, Maine. In addition, she helped develop and pioneer the YEAR UP writing curriculum used nationally. Her writing has appeared in various literary magazines and journals, including: Hip Momma: The Parenting Zine, Kaliope Literary Journal, The Portland Phoenix, Across Curriculums, The Austin American Statesmen, The Ballantine Books Reader’s Circle, The Hartford Courant and The Maine Scholar. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her young son, her husband, and four chickens, returning to the coast of Maine each summer. What Burns Away is her debut novel.