Melanie Tafejian is a poet, editor, and educator from Olympia, WA. She holds an MFA in Poetry from North Carolina State University where she won the 2020 North Carolina State Poetry Contest. She won first place in the 2021 Atlanta Review Poetry Prize. She has been nominated for Best New Poets and has work in, or forthcoming in, The Atlanta Review, The Georgia Review, The Los Angeles Review, Poetry Northwest, The Kenyon Review, and Willow Springs among other journals. She lives in North Carolina.