Melissa Gopp-Warner (she/her) is a creative nonfiction reader and writer living in Northeast Florida. After working nine years as senior writer and editor for a DC-based maternal health association, she left the nonprofit world to become an independent writer. Her articles, stories, and personal essays have been published or are forthcoming in Publishers Weekly, The Writer, The Banyan Review, Uncomfortable Revolution, Yoga Journal, Jacksonville Mom, and others.

Melissa is involved in her local literary community, including the Jacksonville chapter of Women Writing for a Change. Excerpts of her memoir have been selected for the 2019 ekphrastic exhibition POP: Perceptions of Poverty, the 2021 JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival, the 2022 JaxNext100 writing contest, and (a) river rising: Anthology of Women’s Voices.

Outside of writing, Melissa can be found growing food, raising humans, and adventuring with her life partner. She has an insatiable appetite for memoir and promotes the genre through bimonthly book reviews of diverse authors and life stories on Substack. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter via @melissagopp, and support her work by subscribing to Memoirs with Melissa on Substack.