Melissa Petro is a freelance writer and writing instructor living in New York City. She has written for Marie Claire, New York, Pacific Standard, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Esquire, Salon, the Daily Beast, the Guardian, Al Jazeera America, Jezebel, Narratively, the New Inquiry, the Establishment, the Rumpus, and many other places. In 2015, she was one of three finalists for the PEN America / Fusion Emerging Writers Prize judged by John Freeman, Roxane Gay, and Cristina Henríquez. She is the founder of and an instructor at Becoming Writers, a community organization that provides free and low cost creative writing workshops to underheard writers. She has a BA in women’s studies from Antioch College and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the New School.