Melissa Faliveno is a writer, editor, and teacher whose debut essay collection, Tomboyland, about gender, class, and the American Midwest, is forthcoming from Topple Books in summer 2020. The former senior editor of Poets & Writers Magazine and a cultural reporter for Isthmus, Madison, Wisconsin’s independent alternative weekly, her essays and reviews have appeared in Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, Midwestern Gothic, Essay Daily, and Green Mountains Review, among others, and received a notable selection in Best American Essays 2016. Born and raised in small-town Wisconsin, she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches magazine writing and publishing at Sarah Lawrence College. Find her online at and on Twitter, @melissafaliveno.