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DR MELISSA F MOLER (formerly Beery) grew up in Nebraska barefoot with chickens in the yard and everything. She first started writing in the fifth grade, where she got in trouble for writing a "scary" story about a girl drowning in a lake ... In high school as a Junior she received the "Spindrift Poet's Award." At the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), she graduated with her Bachelor's in English and Biology, but for some reason was told to "pick one or the other," which never made sense to her. While at UNK, Melissa received the "Christine Pappas" award for best Nebraska undergraduate writing which was awarded to her by William Kloefkorn, the Nebraska state poet. After UNK she applied to only one Pharmacy school, Creighton University. She says she completed her Doctorate's of Pharmacy in 2006 to "punish" herself because she didn't get in to the writing school of her choice. She considers herself a non-fiction narrative poet. Publications include poems published in The Midwest Quarterly, Chum, Suisun Valley Review, The Toronto Quarterly, The Poetry Warrior, Plains Song Review, and several more, including anthologies such as The World According to Goldfish — Looking Past, from Goldfish Press, and Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace, from The Back Waters Press. Recently, Melissa realized that she traveled from coast to coast within six months, including Alaska and Hawaii, but continues to focus her writing on her experiences in Nebraska.

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