Melita Schaum Awarded Fall 2010 Orlando Nonfiction Prize
MELITA SCHAUM is the author of two books on the modern poet Wallace Stevens and two books on women’s issues. Her fifth book, A Sinner of Memory, a collection of her memoir essays about the wonders and catastrophes of midlife was named runner up for the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer Award for 2004, and finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her poetry, short fiction and literary essays have appeared in such journals as The Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, The Notre Dame Review, The Literary Review, and others. She received her M.F.A. from Stanford University in 1980 and currently teaches creative writing and modern literature at the University of Michigan-Dearborn during fall semesters. The rest of the year she lives in Berkeley, California, where she has taught writing seminars for the University of California- Berkeley and The Writing Salon in San Francisco.
Melita’s winning essay, “Constellations,” was published in Issue No. 9 of the Los Angeles Review. You can also read her AROHO interview and reflections on “Self-Doubt, Sacred Drift, and Submissions” here.