Creative Writing

October 17, 2022

Melissa Faliveno Reading at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Oct. 20.

WILMINGTON, N.C.— Melissa Faliveno, Department of Creative Writing’s Visiting Writer and author of NPR Best Book of 2020 Tomboyland, will read at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 20 in Morton Hall 100.

Melissa Faliveno is the author of the bestselling essay collection Tomboyland, which was named a Best Book of 2020 by NPR, New York Public Library, Oprah Magazine, Vogue, and Electric Literature, and received a 2021 award for outstanding literary achievement from the Wisconsin Library Association. Her work has appeared in EsquireParis ReviewBitchMs. Magazine, Lit HubBrooklyn Rail, and Prairie Schooner, among others; received a notable selection in Best American Essays; and appears in the anthology Sex and the Single Woman: 24 Writers Update Helen Gurley Brown’s Cult Classic for a New Era, published in May by Harper Perennial. The former senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine, she has led workshops and talks on writing and publishing throughout the United States and abroad. She holds a BA in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA in nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College, where she has taught in the graduate writing program. She was the 2020-21 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has also taught creative writing to high school students and incarcerated men, as well as at Kenyon College, Catapult, and in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Starting this fall she will be an Assistant Professor of English at Denison University. You can find her at

This event is free and open to the public. A book signing sponsored by Pomegranate Books will follow the reading.

For further information on UNCW’s programs and events in creative writing, please contact the Department of Creative Writing at 910.962.7063 or