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Melissa H Cronin

Freelance Writer
South Burlington, Vermont
A former nurse, Melissa is a journalist and writer based in Vermont. Recognized as a Notable Mention in The Best American Essays (2019), and a recipient of Vermont Studio Center Merit Grant and a Vermont Arts Council Development Grant, her work has appeared in various mainstream newspapers, book series, online magazines, and literary journals. She holds a BS in nursing from Boston University and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently at work on a memoir about anger and forgiveness, based on the 2003 Santa Monica Farmers Market Crash in which an older driver confused the gas pedal for the brake and sped through a crowd of shoppers. Melissa was one of the survivors. A critical care nurse, athlete, and burgeoning Irish fiddler at the time of the crash, she sustained life-threatening injuries, confining her to a wheelchair for four months, followed by years of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury.

Melissa is a public speaker on the topics of traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

You can visit her at http://melissacronin.com