Melanie Figg

Melanie Figg is a poet from Maryland. In her award-winning debut collection, Trace, she “kindles broken, dying embers into a roaring memorial for the voiceless.”(Kirkus starred review) Melanie's writing awards include Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, the Maryland State Arts Council, and others. Her poems have been published in dozens of journals, including LIT, Colorado Review, and The Iron Horse Literary Review. As a certified professional coach, Melanie teaches writing in the DC area, offers women’s writing retreats, and works remotely with all kinds of writers. Find her at


It has been years since I woke from this body

Summer/Fall 2020