In this premier episode, hosts Betsy Goulet and Rachael Kerrick-Brucker talk with Melissa Chadburn.
Melissa Chadburn is an economic justice fellow at Community Change and a doctoral candidate in the University of Southern California’s creative writing program. Melissa has written for LA Times, NYRB, NYTBR, Buzzfeed, longreads, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and dozens other places. Her essay, “The Throwaways,” received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her essay Food of My Youth was selected for Best American Food Writing 2019, and her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. Melissa also appears in the docuseries, 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez', a heartbreaking series about an eight-year-old child, Gabriel, and the abuse he endured that eventually led to his tragic death. 'The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez' premiered on Netflix on February 25, 2020.