Melissa Chadburn has writing in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, Longreads, The Paris Review, and dozens of other publications. Her essay on food insecurity was selected for The Best American Food Writing 2019. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. She is a Ph.D. candidate in USC’s Creative Writing Program. Melissa is a worker lover and through her own work and literary citizenship strives to upend economic violence. Her mother taught her how to sharpen a pencil with a knife and she’s basically been doing that ever since.