Melissa Mylchreest is a freelance writer, editor and maker based in western Montana.

She writes about everything from bluegrass bands to architecture, barn raisings to evolutionary biology, ranch hands to fine artists. She holds a MS in environmental studies from the University of Montana as well as a MFA in creative writing, and has taught college-level classes in composition, creative writing, and environmental literature.  Her nonfiction has been published widely, and she is also an award-winning poet. She occasionally works as an editor, and especially enjoys collaborating with artists and scientists on their written work: Artist's statements, pedagogy, research findings, etc. 

When she's not writing, she spends time taking photos and making art - whether it's ceramics, leatherwork, painting, printmaking, or illustrating.  When she's not writing OR making art, she likes to cook, grow food, and spend as much time as possible outdoors with her two-legged and four-legged buddies.