Mel Kassel lives in Iowa City. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA degree in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and working on her first collection of short stories, which explores obsession, womanhood, queerness, animality, and body horror/body wonder. (There’s a novel brewing, too.) 

She is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop (class of 2018), a World Fantasy Award finalist, and a co-host on The Losers' Club: A Stephen King Podcast. In the past, she’s worked as a veterinarian's assistant, a copywriter, a writer/performer of sketch comedy, and a bone prepper in a fossil lab. She has spent more time in Chicago than anywhere else.

Twitter: @MelKassel

Email: melanieruthkassel at gmail dot com

Representation: Kirby Kim at Janklow & Nesbit Associates (