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Melissa Chadburn

Melissa Chadburn is the author of the debut novel A Tiny Upward Shove (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, forthcoming April 2022). Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review online, The Best American Food Writing, and elsewhere. She has done extensive reporting on the child welfare system and appears in the Netflix docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez. She is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Southern California.

Jan/Feb 2022


By Melissa Chadburn

This past spring, I found myself logged on to Zoom, attending a virtual memorial for Tilda, the sister of one of my foster fathers. This foster father, a generous and […]