"This writer is full of energy, always organizing and promoting other writers, and then you read her and there is such depth and mystery to all her stories, as if life were moving, and writing were just a beautiful stillness."

​- Anjanette Delgado, author of The Heartbreak Pill 

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"An enticing set of stories with elements of magical realism, Mariposas Negras [Black Butterflies] by Melanie Márquez Adams is a Spanish short story collection that delves in the mystical, macabre and eerie corners of the soul while juxtaposing them with brush strokes of atypical beauty and magical instances." - LATINO BOOK REVIEW  

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Melanie is the editor of Del Sur al Norte [From South to North], an anthology of literary texts written in Spanish by South American authors living in the United States, awarded First Place (Fiction - Multi Author) at the 2018 International Latino Book Awards. ​

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Nominated for Best Small Fictions 2018, Melanie's story "Intruder" appears in the Fall 2017 issue of Aster(ix) Journal. 

​Notable Contributors:  Sandra Cisneros, Angie Cruz, Melissa Lozada-Oliva.

Melanie Márquez Adams is the author of MARIPOSAS NEGRAS, a short story collection. She is a 2018-19 Iowa Arts Fellow, and recipient of an International Latino Book Award. Nominated for Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net, her work has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Laurel Review, storySouth, Hong Kong Review, Asterix Journal, Hostos Review, and elsewhere. Melanie is currently an MFA candidate in Spanish Creative Writing at the University of Iowa.

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Melanie's flash memoir piece, "Fried plantains in the Smoky Mountains", appears in Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America

"The book captures hundreds of takes on the immigration experience, including world-famous authors and celebrities such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Julianne Moore, Mario Batali, George Takei, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, and Billy Collins."


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