Melissa Hart is contributing editor at The Writer Magazine. She’s the author of two memoirs–Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2015) and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009), plus the young adult novel Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016). Her essays and articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Advocate, The Los Angeles Times, Hemispheres, Orion, High Country News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Normal School, Writer’s Digest, and numerous other publications. She’s a co-founder and consultant at Creator & Collector Services. When she’s not reading and writing, she loves to run and hike and kayak and travel to strange places with her husband, daughter, and rescued terrier.