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Melanie Rae Thon



All LIfe is Love: Silence & Song

Blood on Fire: Notes on The 7th Man

"Cracking Consciousness Open"

"Dangerous Discoveries"

"Early Trouble: Girls in the Grass"

"The Gospel of Grief & Grace & Gratitude"

"Music & MeaninG"

"The Heart Breaks, and Breaks Open: Seven Reasons to Tell a Story in the New MillenniuM"

"Troubling the Waters"

"You Can't Avoid Trouble"

Melanie Rae Thon's most recent books are  Silence & Song  (September 2015)  and  The 7th Man  (November 2015).  She is also the author of the novels  The Voice of the RiverSweet HeartsMeteors in August,  and  Iona Moon,  and the story collections  In This LightFirst, Body,  and  Girls in the Grass.  Thon’s work has been included in  Best American Short Stories  (1995, 1996),  three  Pushcart Prize Anthologies  (2003, 2006, 2008),  and  O. Henry Prize Stories  (2006).  She is a recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West Book Award, the Gina Berriault Award, the Utah Book Award, and a Writer's Residency from the Lannan Foundation.  In 2009, she was Virgil C. Aldrich Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center.  Originally from Montana, Melanie now lives in Salt Lake City, where she teaches in the Creative Writing and Environmental Humanities programs at the University of Utah. She is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction.


Melanie Rae Thon's page at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation website

Book Trailer: Silence & Song

Key Interview: "The Idea that has Entered the Flesh,"  with Aaron Cance

DIAGRAM / New Michigan Press: The 7th Man

Open Road Media: Early Work, eBooks: Sweet Hearts; First, Body; Meteors in August; Iona Moon

Prompt Press: “The Good Samaritan Speaks”: a fine art chapbook beginning with Melanie’s poem and including responses from several visual artists, available online now, and in print January 2016.

"Tu B'Shvat: for the drowned and the saved”: (a story, also included in In This Light (Graywolf Press)

“Morning Twilight,” (excerpt from The Voice of the River) broadside, from Saltfront: Studies in Human Habit(at) and Saltgrass Printmakers, fine art limited edition of 75:

Melanie at Graywolf Press

The Whiting Writers’ Award

The University of Utah