Melvin Peña

Raleigh, North Carolina

Hello! I'm called Melvin. I'm a recovering academic turned freelance writer for Dogster and Catster! My next feature article, about dog walking as exercise, will appear in the February/March 2016 issue of Dogster magazine.

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

As for creative pursuits, I've just concluded a solo show at Joe Van Gogh on Broad St in Durham that ran from October - December 2015! Next up is the Carrack's Community Art show, 15-23 January 2016! Here are the results of my 2013 art project celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who." Three pieces of my art were published in the "Raleigh Review" (vol 3, 2012-2013). There's an online art shop open at Society6, with prints, cards, shirts, phone cases, &c!

I also love singing. I'm a member of Durham's Flash Chorus, which takes place on Mondays at Motorco! I've seen past ad hoc choirs featured in USA Today, been interviewed about the experience on North Carolina's PBS affiliate, and written about the power of voice in fostering community for Avidly/LA Review of Books.

  • Work
    • Seo Expert
    • Dogster
    • Catster
    • I-5 Publishing
  • Education
    • University of Notre Dame
    • BA '99, MA '01
    • Northwestern University
    • MA '02, ABD '04