Melanie Beth Curran is a writer and musician based in New York. She performs music as Western Female. Her first album, Hot Sauce in Kitsap County, is about life in her homeland of the Pacific Northwest. She is a Fulbright fellow to France, where she will be writing about the traditional music community of Finistère, Bretagne. Currently an MFA candidate at The New School, she is at work on a novel about family, death, and the East Village.

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