Melanie Shaw loves long walks to the
toilet, it might seem odd, but this is where she gets all of her writing done. Melanie has a BA in
Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge, and received her MFA in
poetry at Antioch University. She is fairly new to writing poems, and has been exercising her artistic
muscles as she takes pleasure in surrendering herself to the young poet that has been trapped inside her
for years. There is nothing that satisfies her more than being able to write, because if she weren’t a
writer, she would be in a mental asylum.