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From a gaijin youth hostel to an ancient Kyoto farmhouse, “Dizzy Sushi” tells the tale of a year of being an outsider in a country that is a paradox of beauty and difficulty. As each chapter unfolds in a new house, this traveling couple grows further apart until a startling discovery pulls them back together to make the decision of their lives.

An artfully detailed, articulate, and authentic memoir of self-discovery, “Dizzy Sushi” is about what can happen when you test the boundaries of culture and commitment.

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A lyrically written novella that takes you from the heart-stopping scene of an accident through the minutes, hours, days and months that follow the tragic death of a pet, and the grief and healing of a family. “Angel Someone” is a uniquely-told story about the love of a pet even after they’re gone, and the emotional impact such a loss carries. If you are looking for a contemporary, thought-provoking book for someone who has just lost a pet, “Angel Someone” will share their grief and comfort them.

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Three prefectures in northeastern Japan are devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, and a massive tsunami that takes the lives of 20,000 people. 75 authors from 11 countries came together to collaborate on a mixed-genre anthology of short stories to benefit the orphans of the disaster-stricken Tohoku area. Horror, humor, human drama, science fiction, fantasy, absurdist, bizarro, weird, new wave, bugpunk, Cthulhu, Sherlock Holmes, historical fiction, “I” stories, crime, and much more.

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Melissa's Awards

2020 Cover Design Finalist, NM-AZ Book Awards, “A Hundred Cups of Coffee,” M. Sagan, Tres Chicas Books

2014 Finalist, NM-AZ Book Awards, “Dizzy Sushi,” Tres Chicas Books

2012 Best of 48Hour Film Project, “Baking Bad,” script supervisor

2011 Best Crowdsourced Mobile App in MIX Mobile Apps Challenge for “Shady Parking”

2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival, 1st Prize, Short Screenplay, “ID”

2006 Winner, New Mexico Holiday Writing Contest, “Night of Shiva”

2006 Discovery Prize, Recursos de Santa Fe, “Dizzy Sushi”

1999 ADDY Awards for Excellence in Advertising, Santa Fe, NM

1987 Henry Austin Prize for Poetry, “Zafu,” St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM

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