Author: Melanie McGee Bianchi

Melanie McGee Bianchi grew up in a series of character-forming historic houses in different parts of the U.S. Starting at age 12, she gathered modest notice on the spelling-bee circuit, won short-story contests in various newspapers, and placed poems and fiction in national print publications, including the grunge-era teen magazine Sassy. After university, she began a career in features journalism in Asheville, North Carolina, where she has lived most of her life. Melanie was the lead arts reporter and Arts & Entertainment Editor at Mountain Xpress, a member paper of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, for ten years. She also edited VERVE, a women's magazine. In 2004, she won an industry Gold Award for special-section editing. Melanie currently manages three regional lifestyle publications: Asheville Made, Bold Life, and Carolina Home + Garden. Her humor essays have been published regionally and nationally, and her poetry has been shortlisted in national chapbook contests and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Melanie's current fiction has appeared in The Mississippi Review, Chattahoochee Review, and The Moth Magazine (based in Co. Cavan, Ireland). These pieces and more are included in her first book, THE BALLAD OF CHERRYSTOKE AND OTHER STORIES (Blackwater Press, 2022).

The Ballad of Cherrystoke and Other Stories
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The Ballad of Cherrystoke and Other Stories

Blackwater Press

A new and thoroughly unsentimental take on changing life and cultural traditions in Southern Appalachia. A young maid an an upscale resort hides her banjo-playing freighthopper brother. An unlikely romance bridges a quarter-century age gap and a ...

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