Nonlinear, with Hot Plate

Nonlinear, with Hot Plate – my personal essay about becoming a writer via getting fired, self-publishing chapbooks, class issues, peripatetic whims, & Diane di Prima is up today at Periodicities.

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Melissa Eleftherion is a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & nine chapbooks, including the forthcoming trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at

One thought on “Nonlinear, with Hot Plate”

  1. Toponomy.

    Thank you for posting this, Melissa.

    It was so interesting to hear about a portion of your journey, and as I read the first few sentences regarding the zigs and zags, I thought of the word above, “topography” which I read for the first time this morning, meaning the naming of places on a map, generally by the person who makes the map.

    I hadn’t known that word before, so if I had a list of words new to me, this could be on it.

    Best to you, Melissa.


    Sent from my iPhone



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