Melinda Moustakis is the author of the novel Homestead (Flatiron 2023), which is about two unlikely homesteaders in 1950’s Alaska and based on her maternal grandparents. Her linked story collection Bear Down, Bear North: Alaska Stories won the Flannery O’Connor Award (UGA Press) and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Alaska Quarterly Review, Granta, Kenyon Review, New England Review and elsewhere. Her story “They Find the Drowned” won an O. Henry Prize. She is the recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from The Lewis Center of the Arts at Princeton University, the NEA Literature Fellowship in Fiction, the Kenyon Review Fellowship, the Jenny McKean Moore Fellowship, and the Rona Jaffe Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library.
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