Melissa Chadburn

Melissa Chadburn’s work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, Longreads, and dozens of other places. She’s received notable mention in Best American Essays, and her essay on food insecurity was selected for Best American Food Writing 2019. She is an Atul Gawandes mentee with the Solutions Journalism Network. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. She is a PhD candidate at USC’s creative writing program. 

The Forgotten Babies

A story hits close to home for a reporter reviewing every child death in Los Angeles County investigated by the Department of Children and Family Services.

Spring 2020 Nonfiction Picks

Complicating the ordinary, letters from home, the arrival of a meteorite, and the disappearance of a son: E.J. Koh, Dinah Lenney, Harry Dodge, and Roman Dial take us into very different, very real worlds with these nonfiction selections. 


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