The Wild, Sublime Body

“Girls were not supposed to be enormous. They were not supposed to be scabby and strong. Inexplicably, strong and big were what every animal wanted to be except us.”

Source: The Yale Review
Published: Mar 12, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,236 words)

Teaching in a Red County, After Trump

For years, Professor Melissa Febos hid her politics—and her tattoos—from her red-county Jersey students. After the election, she found common ground with them in “an earnest desire for the safety and freedom of other humans.”

Source: Literary Hub
Published: Jul 18, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,358 words)

Song of Songs

Examining the music of the female orgasm and the orgasmic language of music.

Source: The Believer
Published: Aug 11, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,322 words)

The Heart-Work: Writing About Trauma as a Subversive Act

An essay by memoirist Melissa Febos in which she responds to her Sarah Lawrence students’ fears around writing about their traumas, and concerns about being accused of “navel gazing.” She rejects the notion that there are already too many stories about trauma and personal experiences out there–along with other notions about memoir as narcissistic, arguments she believes are designed to silence women. “It is not gauche to write about trauma,” she writes. “It is subversive.”

Source: Poets & Writers
Published: Jan 23, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,688 words)