Melissa Studdard

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Melissa Studdard
Studdard reading at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse in Los Angeles in 2012
Born Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Residence Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Education University of Houston,
Sarah Lawrence College
Occupation Teacher,
Known for Six Weeks to Yehidah
Website Melissa Studdard

Melissa Studdard was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is an American author, poet, editor, book reviewer, talk show host, and professor. Her bestselling[1] middle-grade novel, Six Weeks to Yehidah won a Forward National Literature Award and Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.[2] The accompanying journal, My Yehidah, was released in December 2011 and was quickly adopted by art and play therapists for clinical use in adolescent therapy sessions.[3]

Studdard is a full-time college professor at Lone Star College–Tomball and a teaching artist for The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. From 2010 to 2012, she was an editor for The Criterion: An International Journal in English. She currently serves as an editor for Tiferet Journal, a reviewer-at-large for The National Poetry Review, and host of the blogtalkradio program Tiferet Talk,[4] for which she has interviewed such notable figures as Jane Hirshfield, Julia Cameron, Robert Pinsky, Floyd Skloot, Edward Hirsch and Krista Tippett.

Early life[edit]

Melissa Studdard was born in Alabama, United States, and was raised in Texas. She received her B.A. (1991) and M.A. (1995) from the University of Houston, and her M.F.A. (1997) from Sarah Lawrence College. While at the University of Houston, Studdard worked on the college’s literary journal, Gulf Coast, as a production editor, curated the Gulf Coast Reading Series, and taught college courses for the Houston Community College System. While at Sarah Lawrence College, she worked as an assistant editor at Chelsea (magazine) and taught for City University of New York at Baruch College, John Jay College, and Hunter College. She then briefly taught at San Jose State University and the University of Houston–Downtown, prior to accepting a full-time teaching position with Lone Star College in 2001.


  • Six Weeks to Yehidah (2011)
  • My Yehidah (2011)
  • The Tiferet Talk Interviews (2013)
  • I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast (2014)

Selected short works[edit]

Studdard's work has been published in multiple journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Boulevard (magazine), Southern Humanities Review, Pleiades, American Book Review, Poets & Writers, Connecticut Review, and Psychology Today.[4]

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • 2011: Winner: The Forward National Literature Award for Six Weeks to Yehidah[5]
  • 2012: Finalist: Readers Favorite Award for Six Weeks to Yehidah[6]
  • 2012: Finalist: The National Indie Excellence Award for Six Weeks to Yehidah[7]
  • 2012: Winner: The Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Six Weeks to Yehidah[8]
  • 2013: Winner: Readers Favorite Award for The Tiferet Talk Interviews[9]
  • 2013: Winner: The Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for The Tiferet Talk Interviews[10]
  • 2013: Winner: International Book Award for 2013 Six Weeks to Yehidah[11]
  • 2014: Psychology Today (article) Gratitude and Passion: To Love One Thing [12]


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