Melanie Márquez Adams is an Ecuadorian American writer, author of the short story collection Mariposas Negras, and two essay collections, El País de las Maravillas and Querencia: Crónicas de una Latinoamericana en USA. She holds an MFA in Spanish Creative Writing from the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. More recently, her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Laurel Review, Lunch Ticket, Huellas Magazine, and Escritorxs Salvajes: 37 Hispanic Writers in the United States. An International Latino Book Award winner, Melanie translated the New York Times bestseller 'So You Want to Talk About Race' for Vintage Español. She lives in Nashville.
"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."
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."
Melanie coedited Ellas Cuentan, a short-story collection of crime fiction by Latinamerican/Latina authors who live in the U. S. Notable contributors: Teresa Dovalpage, Johanny Velasquez, Jennifer Thorndike, Anjanette Delgado, Dayneris Machado Vento.
Melanie edited Del Sur al Norte [From South to North], a collection of short stories 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.
"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
MELANIE MÁRQUEZ ADAMS