Work

These are stories I've written before, during, or after my M.F.A. My writing is more along the lines of "slice of life" writing, which means you won't find much in the way of "genre" writing. It's more literary fiction, having to do with the human condition like all art is.

My literary heroes and idols consist of Joan Didion, Flannery O'Connor, Lorrie Moore, George Saunders, Miranda July, John Updike, Murakami, Kevin Moffett, and Junot Diaz, to name a few. My medium is primarily short fiction.

Influences come from McSweeney's, Tin House, and Wes Anderson films.

I'll try my best to update this section from time to time, but don't expect too much too soon.
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I also have a background in literary journalism ranging from fashion and lifestyle writing (both blog and retail format) and music journalism. Please feel free to contact me with any commission/freelance opportunities (using the contact link in navigation or via melissasonico@gmail.com ). I'm very much open to writing in almost any capacity.
 

[You can find out more about my writing at my writing blog, although I haven't updated it since midway through my masters program quite a few years ago.]

 

 

Something Good

Solar Eclipse

I Don't Know

Exit Strategies


FICTION

  • “I Don’t Mind If You Forget Me” CSUSB Creative Writing  Anthology, 2009.
  • “The Way Some People Die,” The Pacific Review, 2009 issue. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, 2009.

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