Melissa Miles McCarter

taking lemons and squeezing the life out of them

Melissa Miles McCarter

Melissa Miles McCarter
Ironton, Missouri, USA
February 27
Publisher, Author, Academic
Fat Daddy's Farm
After meeting her husband in grad school, Melissa was seduced by the small town charm of Arcadia Valley, where she resides today. Her (better?) half is a Professor of English who commutes two hours both ways so they can live in the peaceful side of the Ozarks. Through her husband, Melissa became a stepmother to Britin, who gave her an unexpected--but welcome--chance to mother. She also a furmommy to two (soon to be three) English Bulldogs. Melissa has learned to adapt to life's circumstances, making the best out of lemons, and uses her challenges as inspiration for her writing. Not only has living in a small town been an adaption, after growing up in Houston, Texas and Southern California, she has had her fair share of challenges. In 2003, Melissa and her husband lost their 5 week old daughter to SIDS. This experience inspired her to publish and edit the anthology on motherhood and loss, "Joy, Interrupted." Prior to this tragedy, Melissa was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a condition she successfully manages today. Melissa was inspired to pen, "Insanity: A Love Story, A Memoir of Madness and Mania" to share her struggle to navigate the fine line between sanity and insanity. Currently, Melissa is working on a collection of essays addressing infertility in popular culture and social media, as well as its role in her own life. In addition to being a writer, Melissa is an academic whose specialty is rhetoric, composition and feminism. One of her research interests is how to address student resistance to feminist pedagogy. She has a PhD in English, Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Texas, Arlington and received her B.A. in Philosophy from Scripps College, a woman's school in Claremont, CA. Melissa is the publisher of a small press, Fat Daddy's Farm. As an editor and publisher, Melissa's goal is to help uncommon voices grow and flourish.

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MARCH 2, 2012 10:18PM

Greetings from Chicago

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Greetings from the AWP in Chicago-- for those who don't know, we are at the Association of Writers & Writing programs conference.

When we get back, I will convey all the lessons and advice I think you all might be interested in.

Here are some highlights so far:

Getting to see Nikki Giovani (poet @ Virginia Tech) read some of her poetry

Being in the audience for Margaret Atwood's keynote address at the wonderful auditorium at Roosevelt University (Atwood is one of my favorite authors--you might have heard her "Handmaid's Tale" novel). She was so charming and has a huge twitter following @margaretatwood

Getting to see Kate Hopper and others at a presentation on mothering and the writing process; Kate has expressed interest in reviewing our anthology (her website is and is open to being interviewed on our blog.

Meeting one of our anthology contributors, Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow, and her husband, Richard, for a wonderful dinner at The Park Grill; look forward to her future interview on our blog and you can also see what a talented and interesting person and writer Elynne is. In addition, she gave great advice about marketing and promoting our book-- we are very grateful to her recent efforts to get a large number of "likes" on our facebook page. Btw, if you haven't already, come check out our page--and like and/or share it--at

If you haven't already, scroll down and check out the first contributor interviews of Nina and Ann and keep an eye out for more.

Please join us in getting the buzz going for our upcoming anthology and other efforts by following us via twitter @fatdaddysfarm -it is a great way to find out about our projects, giveaways and other info!

Take care,

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