Melissa Hart is the author of a middle-grade novel, Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016) two memoirs--Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2014) and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009), and numerous K-8 books for Teacher Created Resources including the best-selling 101 Ways to Love a Book. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Women's Day, Hemispheres, Orion, High Country News, The Advocate, Brain Child, Mothering, Writer's Digest, and The Writer Magazine. She teaches nonfiction writing for Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program and creative writing for Laurel Springs, a distance-learning high school based in Ojai, California. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and daughter, four cats and an adventurous terrier.
"Melissa Hart is a brilliant writer whose enthusiasm, knowledge and love of teaching had our young audience and their parents alike fully engaged and entertained!" --Laura White
"Melissa is an enthusiastic and dynamic presenter. Her passion for owls and other birds of prey is contagious. My students were engaged throughout the presentation, not only asking questions about birds of prey, but also many questions about being an author. Melissa shared some motivational writing tips, and now my students are begging me to write. -- Debbie Knapp, Two Rivers School in Springfield, Oregon