Melinda Palacio
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Who I am:
I am a poet and a fiction writer. My first novel, Ocotillo Dreams, will be published this Summer, Bilingual Press 2011.
My poetry chapbook, Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press' Sense of Place 2009 competition.
Read more about my writing at
twitter: LaMelinda
I am a blogger with La Bloga.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Ocotillo Dreams
Folsom Lockdown
I've contributed to Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, Poets of the American West: An Anthology of Eleven Western States, San Diego Poetry Annual, the Maple Leaf Rag III, the Maple Leaf Rag IV, Anne-thology, and the forthcoming, Southern Poetry Anthology IV.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Ink Byte Magazine and
La Bloga
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
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Services I offer to other writers:
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I found out about She Writes from:
Jennifer Redmond

Melinda Palacio's Blog

Lagniappe: Give Them Something Extra

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

In the past two months, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Cal State University Channel Islands, El Paso Community College, Cal State University Channel Islands, and, most recently, the Women's Literary Festival in Santa Barbara. Most of campuses have invited me to discuss my novel, Ocotillo Dreams. However, I…


Low-Tech Writer Hits the Road

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 2:20pm 0 Comments


August marked the beginning of the Ocotillo Dreams book tour. I don’t have an agent or a big publishing house to send me on a 30-city book tour, but I’m a determined person of the…


Lucky Platform: Writing My First Novel

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 9:31pm 0 Comments

I’ve spent the last five years waiting for my novel, Ocotillo Dreams, to be published. My first task was to finish the book, something I accomplished after completing the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship.  In 2007, I entered the program with two creative writing publications: one poem and one…


Low-Tech Writer

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 12:17pm 0 Comments

I am a low-tech writer. I prefer pen and paper, instead of keying directly into the computer. Even when I compose a long and important email, I prefer the fluidity of ink across the page.  If life were slower and less hectic, I would probably prefer a fountain pen over liquid gel, roller or ball…


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At 2:13pm on June 8, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Melinda, Welcome to She Writes. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Publishing Industry News and/or in the Novelists – Struggling or Not. Enjoy the site!

Meg Waite Clayton
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At 12:43pm on April 27, 2011, Julia Barry said…
Hi Melinda,

So glad you are here, and welcome to She Writes!

You can check out the Getting Started section to help you find your way around, or a great way to jump in is to get involved with our Groups.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

Warm best,
Julia Barry
Social Community Manager @ She Writes


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