Photo by Lindsey Michelle

Photo by Lindsey Michelle

Brandon Melendez is a Mexican-American poet raised in southern California. His debut collection titled Gold That Frames the Mirror was published in 2019 with Write Bloody Publishing. Melendez is a National Poetry Slam finalist, two-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam finalist, and two-time Berkeley Grand Slam Champion.

He has been on many slam teams over the years including the Berkeley Poetry Slam team, the Boston Poetry Slam team and, most recently, the House Slam team. He was awarded Best Poem and Funniest Poem at the collegiate poetry slam festival (CUPSI) while representing UC Berkeley. In 2018, Melendez received the Djanikian Scholarship from the Adroit Journal as well as the 2018 Academy of American Poets Award. He received the Academy of American Poets Award again in 2019.

In undergrad, he taught in the Poetry for the People program and he organized with the local poetry community. Melendez now lives in Boston where he coaches the Emerson College poetry slam team and organizes writing workshops for high schoolers. In his spare time, Melendez is pursuing a passion for web development, check out the twitter bot he built.

You can find his poems in journals such as Black Warrior Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, PANK, The Journal, Shenandoah, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. Melendez has an MFA from Emerson College and he currently serves as the Web Editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal.