Melissa's poetry has appeared widely in journals, and she has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. She is the winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Prize, the Merriam-Frontier Award, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and the two-time winner of the Obsidian Prize for Poetry. 

She is also the author of two books of poetry:

 
  Waking the Bones , 2014, Bear Star Press. Winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Prize. Available from  Bear Star ,  Small Press Distribution , and major book sellers. 

Waking the Bones, 2014, Bear Star Press. Winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Prize. Available from Bear StarSmall Press Distribution, and major book sellers. 

 
  Reckon , 2013, chapbook. Winner of the Merriam-Frontier Award. Limited availability; contact me for copies.

Reckon, 2013, chapbook. Winner of the Merriam-Frontier Award. Limited availability; contact me for copies.