Melodie J. Rodgers’ literary journey began years before college when she was a faithful performance poet and stage actor. Her creative circles included places such as the University of Iowa, Alliance Theatre, Charis Books, PushPush Theatre, Green Mill in Chicago, Java Monkey Cafe, and several other venues in the U.S. and abroad. After this extraordinary performing arts journey, Melodie’s creative work transitioned primarily to the construction of experimental poetry and fiction. Her creative writing has appeared in Johns Hopkins University’s Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, G.R.I.T.S. – Girls Raised In the South: An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyns’ Voices and Their Allies, Underground, CIEE Brazil Poetry OnFilm project, and many others. Melodie received her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte’s Latin American program with residencies in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.
In March 2021, Melodie became the Founding Editor and Executive Director of SOREN LIT. SOREN LIT is a Southern Renaissance literary journal showcasing writers who are women, femme-identifying, and/or non-binary creatives with connections to the lingering south.
As a writer, Melodie has been drawn to constructing stories exploring subjects such as southern gothic and magical realism. Like many writers, Melodie has a wide range of influences: writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Maryse Condé, Tomi Adeyemi, Octavia Butler, and many others. The common connections within the creative work of these iconic writers are the implementations of folklore highlighting specific areas such as Black spirituality, folk magic, and community wellness practices.
Presently, Melodie is currently a Ph.D. student at Georgia State University in the Department of English and Literary Studies. Her research centers on how 19th and 20th century African American folklore was used as a way of preserving and documenting cultural memory and history.
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