Melissa Hotchkiss is a founding editor of Barrow Street and also ran the Barrow Street Reading Series in the West Village for 8 years. Over the years, Barrow Street has showcased over 300 poets and fiction writers at the reading series and published over 200 established and emerging poets in the poetry journal. Six poems in the last four years have appeared in Best American Poetry.Barrow Street, Inc., is a non-profit organization based in New York City.
Melissa’s poetry has appeared in Marlboro Review, LIT, Upstairs at Duroc, The Lyric Review, 3rd Bed, and other magazines. Her prose has appeared in the New Virginia Review and The New York Times. Melissa was interviewed, along with two other NY writers in Time Out NY, in May 2000. Reviews of Storm Damage have appeared or are forthcoming in Time Out NY and The Journal. Melissa has read at over 40 venues in Maine, Vermont, Utah, Virginia, and New York City. She has also tried her hand at stand-up comedy, performing at the NY Comedy Club and Stand-Up New York. She has lived in the East Village since 1990.