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A Solemn Pleasure, by Melissa Pritchard

In an essay entitled "Spirit and Vision" Melissa Pritchard poses the question: "Why write?" Her answer reverberates throughout A Solemn Pleasure, presenting an undeniable case for both the power of language and the nurturing constancy of the writing life. [MORE]



  In October 2014, Melissa signed on as an author for the Paris-based online media site, Ulyces.  
Conjunctions 63Melissa's essay “On Bibliomancy, Anthropodermic Bibliopegy, and The Eating Papers; or, Proust’s Porridge" appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Conjunctions magazine, alongside work by Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul West, Carol Maso, and Edwidge Danticat, among others.
A Solemn PleasureMelissa Pritchard will publish her collection of essays, A Solemn Pleasure, with Bellevue Literary Press in May 2015. Read the Press Release [PDF] from Bellevue.
Arrive MagazineMelissa's essay "Circle of Friends: A Writer’s Soul-Searching Pilgrimage to Ethiopia’s Omo River Valley," with photographs by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, was published in Amtrak's Arrive magazine in the July/August 2014 issue.
PalmerinoPalmerino was a "Top Title to Pick up Now" in the April 2014 issue (on newsstands in mid-March) of O, The Oprah Magazine. An excerpt from Palmerino is available on Kindle through O Magazine.