Melissa Hart is an Oregon-based writer and the author of Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009). Her essays and articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, High Country News, Orion, Hemispheres, and Writer's Digest. She's a contributing editor to The Writer Magazine, with a monthly column spotlighting literary journals. Melissa teaches journalism at the University of Oregon and memoir writing for U.C. Berkeley's online extension program.