Melissa Febos’s work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including Glamour, Salon, DissentNew York Times, Kenyon Review, Post Road, Bitch Magazine, The Rumpus, Hunger Mountain, The Portland Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, and she has been featured, among other places, on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, and Anderson Cooper Live.

I first came across Melissa Febos’s writing through her essay, “All of Me,” in the Kenyon Review. Her writing—intimate and honest—pulled me in and I then read Whip Smart, a memoir of her time spent as a dominatrix in New York shortly after she moved to the city. In addition to being a whip-smart writer, Melissa also supports other writers through her teaching and her work with VIDA. I am thrilled to present you with some of her thoughts on writing, feminism, and other…

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