Kathleen Melin, is the author of By Heart: A Mother’s Story of Children and Learning at Home, a memoir of progressive education published by Clover Valley Press (October 2008). Her creative work has appeared in EssayDaily, Dust and Fire, Feminist Parenting, and A Woman’s Place. She has also written for national publications including Cosmo DooGoods Urban Almanac, and was a contributor to the Twin Cities Family Fun Guide. She holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and has taught at the University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, at Summit School for the Arts, and at seminars and conferences around the country. Her career includes work as a magazine editor, as an assistant editor for a weekly newspaper, as a freelance writer for national and regional publications, as a grant writer, and in public relations. She lives the good life on her farm in northwestern Wisconsin, where she cultivates creativity.
Longer bio and complete CV available on request.
Additional Articles and Publications
All I Can Tell You, Baltimore Review, Summer 2020.
First Page, Blue-Collar Daughter, The Wonderful Thing About Line Edits, Peter Selgin’s First Page Critiques, December 18, 2019.
“On Thinking Like a Mountain” published as Teaching in the Time of Tr**p Essay Daily, November 2019.
Truly Blessed by Carrie Hokanson with Kathleen Melin, private publication, May 2017.
By Heart: A mother’s story of children and learning at home, audiobook, narrated by the author, ACX publication, September 2015.
“Global Somatics™ Process: A Contemporary Shamanic Approach,”Suzanne River interviewed by Kathleen Melin, Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives, Ed. Amanda Williamson and Glenna Batson, Sarah Whatley, Rebecca Weber, Intellect Books Ltd., Bristol, United Kingdom, and Wilmington, NC, May 2014.
“On Reading,” Otherways Magazine, Sydney, Australia, Aug.-Oct. 2010.
“On what I wish I’d done differently,” Va Homeschoolers Voice, Vol. 13, Charlottesville, VA, March-April 2009.
“A Letter to the Virginia Homeschoolers,” Va Homeschoolers Voice, Vol. 13, Charlottesville, VA, March April 2009.
By Heart: A Mother’s Story of Children and Learning at Home, Duluth, MN, Clover Valley Press, October 2008.
“Riding Lessons,” Dust and Fire, Vol. XXII, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, March 2008.
Cosmo DooGood’s Urban Almanac 2006. Minneapolis, MN, Eric Utne, 2005.
Cosmo DooGood’s Urban Almanac 2005. Minneapolis, MN, Eric Utne, 2004.
“Blue Lupine,” A Woman’s Place, Minneapolis, MN, winter 1995.
“Daddy’s Lunch Box,” Feminist Mothering, Crossing Press, 1994.
Health Careers, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Organization, Bethel, AK, 1987.
Journalism in the Twin Cities Reader, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, Corporate Report, Midwest Aviation, Where Magazine, Eugene Magazine, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
My portfolio also includes brochures, web text, radio copy, newsletters, press releases, grants, guidebooks, and fundraising tools.