Melanie Thorne is an award-winning author of the novel Hand Me Down (Penguin), which received four stars from People and was named a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction Book of 2012. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Global City Review, The Florida Review and The Nervous Breakdown, among others. She was awarded the Maurice Prize in Fiction, the Alva Englund Fellowship, and a Hedgebrook residency, and was a 2015 Tomales Bay Workshops Fellow, a 2014 Virginia Quarterly Review Scholar, and a 2014 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Mentor. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis and teaches at the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Find her online at www.MelanieThorne.com.