MELANIE BETH CURRAN
CURRICULUM VITAE JULY 2019
Melanie Beth Curran is a writer, musician, and educator, whose work focuses on the traditional, feminism, and studies of place.
MFA, Creative Writing, The New School, 2019
The Teaching of Writing, Laura Cronk, 2017
BA, Ethnography, The Evergreen State College, 2013
Thesis on Hospitality Culture along Le Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle Pilgrimage Route
TEACHING ASSISTANT, for Jeremy Varon’s America is Hard to Find, The New School, 2018
Teacher of university lecture section in conjunction with professor Jeremy Varon. Instructed students toward a nuanced understanding of American identity and politics, while grading all written work.
GUEST SPEAKER, Inspire Talks, Woodward Middle School, 2017
Spoke to middle school students about making music, exploring America, reading literature, writing, and creating a vibrant and self-sustainable life.
GRANTS and SCHOLARSHIPS
Fulbright Research Grant to France, Creative Non-Fiction, for project: Between People: The Living History of Music Traditionelle in Northwestern Bretagne, 2019-2020
Provost Merit Scholarship, The New School, New York, NY 2017-2019
Scholarship, The SLICE Literary Conference, Brooklyn NY 2017
Scholarship, The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Port Townsend, WA 2010-2017
Travel Grant, Teen Talking Circles, for travel to Havana, Cuba, with blues musician Taj Mahal, 2016
Travel Grant, Cross Cultures Journeys LLC, for travel to Havana, Cuba, 2016
Interview with 2019 NBCC Non-Fiction Award Finalist Francisco Cantú, 2019, New School Creative Writing Blog
Book Review: Girl Zoo by Aimee Parkinson and Carol Guess, 2019, Brooklyn Rail
I Burn/Aitho, screenwriter for feature film directed by Brendan Kidd, Syracuse, Sicily 2019/2020
Interview with 2018 NBCC Poetry Award Winner Layli Long Soldier, 2018, Brooklyn Magazine
The Lived-in Quality of Architecture in New Orleans, 2013, Writing American Cultures: Studies of Identity, Community, and Place, The Evergreen State College Press.
MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS
A work of creative non-fiction, focusing on the death of the author’s uncle Colin, who passed away mysteriously in 1983. Through letters and documents culled from 1961-1983, interviews with family members and friends, and the author’s personal narrative, a portrait of Colin’s life in Manhattan’s East Village comes into clarity. The circumstances of his death are stranger than her family ever could have imagined, and provide a lens onto New York’s era of bankruptcy, AIDs, and economical renewal.
An creative non-fictive exploration of feminine identity on a small island in the Pacific Northwest, where the author’s maternal side of the family has lived for five generations. Through interviews with islanders, exploration of letters, home videos, and high school yearbooks, the author explores what it means to have grown up in the same town as her mother.
A book of poetry canonizing mundane spaces, encountered by the author on her many travels in America (via Greyhound, hitchhiking, cross-country road trips). From a gambling hall in Rainelle, West Virginia, to Grand Central Station in New York City, these poems expound the wonder, the horror, and the infinite in everyday spaces of American life.
LWC } NYC, Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, New York, New York, 2018
Participant in Literary Agent meetings.
SLICE Literary Conference, Brooklyn, New York, 2017
Recipient of full scholarship for attendance.
American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana 2011
Presented Ethnographic Fieldwork in panel: The Value of Undergraduate Fieldwork
Mansion Writer’s Weekend, Kent, WA 2013
Organized a writing workshop for young writers from the Pacific Northwest in The Curran Family Mansion.
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
TEACHING ARTIST: The Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York, New York 2018
Taught haiku to members of the public at an open event in Madison Square Park, celebrating the arrival of Spring.
ASSISTANT TO HETTIE JONES: New York, New York 2018
Provided clerical assistance to Hettie Jones, Beat Poet legend, teacher, and activist. Supported works in progress, and organization for coursework.
TEACHING ARTIST: East Vancouver Old Time Social, Vancouver, CAN 2016
Taught harmony singing workshop to a class of musicians and non-musicians from varied age, social, and cultural groups.
HISTORIC TOUR GUIDE: Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, Seattle, WA 2014-2015
Served as a storyteller for Seattle’s past while leading diverse groups of 50 through underground tunnels.
COMMUNITY FOLKLORIST: Bainbridge Island Historical Society, 2015-2016
Conducted interviews focusing on the disappearing working class of Bainbridge Island for the city archives.
COMMUNITY FOLKLORIST: The Hamlet of Doe Bay 2013-2014
Conducted interviews with the members and former members of a cult/small town called Doe Bay on Orcas Island, Washington, for the Public Record.
EMBASSDOR AND SECRETARY: The Teen Talking Circles Organization 2007-2017
Participated in and served as mentor and speaker for youth organization, encouraging compassion and storytelling in young women and men.
WWOOF INTERNATIONAL FARMER: England, Italy, Bulgaria, and The United States 2009-2011
Worked on organic farms and natural building sites in a variety of countries. Profiled by the WWOOF organization’s blog in 2010.
TOURING MUSICAL ARTIST: Tour of The Pacific Northwest as Western Female, in conjunction with The Folklife Festival, American Standard Time, and the Alchemy Arts Center on San Juan Island, May-July 2019
VISITING MUSICAL ARTIST: The Woodstove Music and Arts Festival, Presented by The Cumberland Culture & Arts Society, Cumberland, BC, 2018
MUSICAL ARTIST: Jalopy Theater Presents Music at Pumpkin Point, Governors Island, New York, New York, 2017-2018
TOURING MUSICAL ARTIST: Tour of Southeast Alaska with Traditional Old-Time String Band, The High Waisted Ramblers, 2016
INTERVIEWS AND PROFILES IN PRESS AND MEDIA
Interview and Profile, KCRW FM Port Townsend, WA, June 2019. Guest performer on Tossed Salad.
Interview and Profile, The Triumphant Return of Western Female, May 2019, American Standard Time
Interview and Profile, Melanie Curran hopes to give back at Folklife, May 2019, The Kitsap Sun
Interview and Profile, Honky Tonk Tunes Written from a Bainbridge Bedroom, November 2016, The Bainbridge Review
Interview and Profile, Islander puts Tidbits of Local Life into Songs, October 2016, The Kitsap Sun
Series of interviews and performances on KFSK FM Petersburg, AK; KCAW FM Sitka, AK; and KTOO FM Juneau, Ak, September 2016
Interview, KCSB FM Santa Barbara, CA, February 2014. Guest performer on 5,4,3,2, Fun!
CERTIFICATIONS and TRAININGS
Trained Facilitator, The Compassionate Listening Project, 2014
Natural Building Training: Cob Houses, Arkansas, 2011
Italian, Working Knowledge