You can read Melanie's flash nonfiction piece, "Fried plantains in the Smoky Mountains", in Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America (ABC, Kingswell Publishing 2017).

"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 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. ​

"Objects come to life in Melanie Márquez Adams’s Virgins in Tiny Boxes. We are housed in Adams’s peculiar elsewhere, where colonies of spiders thrive and drown in the shower as “slender and ethereal ballerinas that twirl and pointe,” cobwebs stitch together inside a woman’s body to restrain and silence her, and the faucet is always blasting hot stinging water. Everything in this collection of short stories writhes and wriggles. A woman’s body is always in the midst of being taken, removed, obliterated. The work follows the tradition of such luminaries as César Aira, Clarice Lispector, Valeria Luiselli, and Lesley Nneka Arimah."

 —Natalie Eilbert, Editor and Publisher of The Atlas Review 

Melanie's short story "When the Clouds don't care" appears in the December 2017 issue of Thrice Fiction Magazine.

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

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

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Melanie Marquez Adams, "Feminist Magical Realist" short stories.

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.


Melanie Márquez Adams is an Ecuadorian-American writer whose story collection, Mariposas Negras, received a 2018 North Texas Book Festival Award for Short Fiction in Spanish. Nominated for Best Small Fictions 2018, her stories have been published in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, and the U.S. Recently, her work has appeared in  The Laurel Review, storySouth, The Hong Kong Review (forthcoming), Green Briar Review, Asterix Journal, Lunch Ticket, and Whale Road Review. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa where she was awarded the Iowa Arts Fellowship.

Melanie's chapbook, Virgins in Tiny Boxes, was chosen as a finalist for the 2019 The Atlas Review Chapbook Series.