Tessa Mellas

Assistant Professor of English

Assistant Professor of English


Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
M.F.A., Bowling Green State University
B.A., St. Lawrence University

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 255-1338
Email: tessa.mellas@maine.edu
Location: Sennett 237

Areas of Expertise

Magical Realism, the Fantastic, the Female Grotesque, Eco-Fabulism, Eco-Criticism, the Lyric Essay, Feminism, African American Literature, LGBT Literature, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Rhetoric and Composition, Literacy.

Tessa teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at UMM. She has recently taught literature courses on Feminist Fabulists, African American Authors, and Neil Gaiman. Her debut story collection Lungs Full of Noise won the 2013 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was published by the University of Iowa Press. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as StoryQuarterly, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crazyhorse, and The Pinch, and in various anthologies.

She has presented at the Associated Writers and Writers Programs (AWP) Conference the last three years on eco-fabulism, publishing and promoting story collections, flash fiction, and multi-modality in the creative writing classroom.

Tessa is working on an apocalyptic novella-in-flash about beasts in Canada who are hunted down to solve food scarcity problems. These lyrical and fantastical flash pieces blend fiction and poetry. She is co-editing an anthology on eco-fabulism with fiction writer Alexander Lumans.

She curates the Maine Writers Series and serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. She enjoys figure skating, gardening, hiking, swimming, and vegan cooking. She has composting worms in her office. Bring your banana peels to class for the worms!


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