Melvin Peña

Hello! I'm called Melvin. I'm a recovering academic turned freelance writer for Dogster and Catster!

I've written for Avidly about the power of voice in creating community: "Moral Mondays, Paper Planes, and the Pursuit of Happiness." My essay about PhD candidates who don't finish the degree, "Academia's Other Untouchables," can be found on Pan Kisses Kafka, and my art has been printed in the "Raleigh Review" (vol 3, 2012-2013).

My scholarly article, "Cosmopolitan Friendship in James Boswell’s 'Journal of a Tour to Corsica,'" is recently published in "1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era" (vol 20, October 2013).

As for artistic pursuits, one of my pieces, "emerge, nc!", was in the The Carrack Modern Art's Summer 2014 Community Art Show. Here are the results of my 2013 art project celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who." There's an online art shop open at Society6, with prints, cards, shirts, phone cases, &c!

I'm also a very happy member of Durham's PopUp Chorus.