Melissa Michal

Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Hauge Administration Building - Room 227J
  • Professional
  • Biography


  • BA, English and Communications/Journalism, St. John Fisher College
  • MFA, Creative Writing with Fiction Emphasis, Chatham University
  • MA, Literature, Pennsylvania State University
  • PHD, Literature, Arizona State University

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Creative writing: fiction and non-fiction
  • Speculative writing
  • Contemporary American literature
  • Genocide Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Education


Melissa Michal is of Seneca descent. She teaches and writes about creative writing and literature. Her creative work explores historical trauma and resiliencewithin her own community. Her criticism focuses on representation of Indigenous histories and literatures in educational curricula and how her community’s Good Mind acts as a theoretical paradigm that doesn’t simply incorporate Indigenous issues in the classroom, but also argues for understanding such issues.She is currently guest editing an issue of Transmotion focused on American Indian genocide, erasure, and absence. Melissa has work appearing in The Florida Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program’s Narrative Witnessing project. Her short story collection, Living On the Borderlines, is due out with the Feminist Press in fall 2018, and was a finalist for the Louise Meriwether first book prize. She finished her novel, Along the Hills, and is now working on a non-fiction collection, Broken Blood, as well as her critical monograph.