Chatham University

MFA Creative Writing
Faculty and Staff

Melanie Fox
Senior Lecturer

Hometown : Radford, VA
Joined Chatham : 2005


Although originally from the Midwest, Melanie Dylan Fox has lived in almost every region of the U.S., from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to the deserts of the Southwest to the Appalachians of western Virginia. Melanie spent many seasons working in California’s Sequoia National Park, a place that first inspired her journey into nonfiction writing. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Bayou Magazine, Fourth Genre, and Flyway, and has been included in the anthologies American Nature Writing; Figuring Animals: Essays on Animal Images in Art, Literature, Philosophy, & Popular Culture; Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century; and Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life In Our National Parks. Her work has also earned her notable mention in Best American Essays and an AWP Intro Award. Trained as a fiction writer, she now writes narrative nonfiction which focuses on the intricacies of place and landscape, with particular emphasis on the portrayal of animals in science, folklore, and myth. At Chatham, Melanie teaches courses in creative nonfiction and nature writing. She has previously taught literature and writing courses on such topics as nature writing, travel writing, the craft of nonfiction, and ecofeminist literature. She has directed and served on MFA thesis committees in all genres of creative writing. She currently makes her home at the confluence of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains in the New River Valley of southwestern Virginia.