Meet Alumna Melanie Westerberg

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About Melanie Westerberg

Melanie Westerberg (2004) is the author of City in the River, City in the Forest (Hag's Head Press, 2010). Her short stories have appeared in Mid-American Review, Third Coast, Torpedo, and the Best New American Voices 2006 anthology, and two were nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

Faculty Inspiration

Her collaboration with CCA MFA Writing faculty member Rebekah Bloyd was translated into Czech for RozRazil.

At CCA Melanie also learned letterpress printing, bookmaking, and hand weaving, all of which she continues to write about.


Melanie was a writer in residence at Artcroft in Kentucky in 2008, and Wyoming's Jentel Artist Residency Program awarded her a one-month residency in October 2010. In October 2011, she will be a presenter at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali.

Melanie has lived in Austin since 2006, and works as a legal editor for a nonpartisan state agency serving the Texas Legislature. She is working on a second novella as well as an interminable collection of short stories.

She blogs infrequently about her triumvirate of obsessions with writing, traveling, and knitting.


Motionless Birds
Short Story by Alumna Selected for Anthology

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