Melissa Gopp-Warner (she/her) is a creative nonfiction reader and writer living in Northeast Florida. After 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 writing has been published in HuffPost, Publishers Weekly, Salon, The Writer, The Banyan Review, and elsewhere.
Melissa is involved in her local literary community, including the Jacksonville chapter of Women Writing for a Change. She has taught workshops on memoir for the Jacksonville-area chapter of the Florida Writers Association as well as the JaxbyJax Last Sunday Sessions series. Excerpts of her memoir-in-progress 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 twice monthly book reviews of diverse authors and life stories on Substack. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram via @melissagopp, and support her work by subscribing to Memoirs with Melissa on Substack.