Realizing River City
Melissa Grunow is the author of Realizing River City: A Memoir (Tumbleweed Books, 2016). Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, Temenos, and Yemassee, among many others. She is also a live storyteller who competes in Detroit's The Moth StorySLAM.
An award-winning writer, Melissa was a semi-finalist for the 2015 DISQUIET International Literary Lisbon Writing Program, a Pushcart Prize nominee for her essay "Home," a two-time recipient of the Detroit Working Writers creative nonfiction prize, and is featured in Poets & Writers Directory of Writers.
She is a volunteer reader for Creative Nonfiction magazine, screening general submissions for publication and and editor for Grey Wolfe Publishing. She is a member of Detroit Working Writers, Michigan Writers, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in English-creative writing and journalism from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in English from New Mexico State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with distinction from National University.
It’s a story about loss, love, compassion, and finally redemption.
At times, life can feel like a challenging feat of survival. Whether it’s living through abusive relationships or figuring out the complexities of what it means to be a woman searching for love, Realizing River City is a memoir that proves how despite the troubles we may face, there is hope in the way we continually risk ourselves in search for the life we want to live. In her poetic exploration of past relationships, Melissa Grunow’s honest words do not falter in the face of so much loss. Taking the rage we all feel about grief and pain, and funneling it into truth, beauty, and ultimately redemption on each page, Realizing River City is about discovering how the most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves.