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 monstrosity, obsession, womanhood, queerness, and mutable bodies. (There‚Äôs a novel brewing, too.) 

She is a graduate of the Clarion Workshop (class of 2018) and a co-host on The Losers' Club: A Stephen King Podcast. Before moving to Iowa from Chicago, 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.