Mel Kassel is a writer who lives in Iowa City. Her stories often incorporate animals, mutable bodies, and strange desires. 

She is currently pursuing her MFA degree at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is also a first reader for the magazine Liminal Stories and a co-host on The Losers' Club: A Stephen King Podcast. She is a graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop (Class of 2018). Before moving to Iowa, she was a veterinarian's assistant, and before that, she was a copywriter. She also used to write sketch comedy. 

You can follow her on Twitter @MelKassel, and email her at melanieruthkassel at gmail dot com.