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 visual artists on their written work: Artist's statements, pedagogy, etc. 

When she's not writing, she likes to cook, grow food, make functional art, take photos, and spend as much time as possible outdoors with her two-legged and four-legged buddies.