Melvin Peña

Writer, Editor, and Artist in Raleigh, North Carolina

Melvin Peña

Writer, Editor, and Artist in Raleigh, North Carolina

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Hello! I'm called Melvin. I'm a former academic turned freelance writer and SEO specialist for Dogster and Catster! My next feature article, about biking with dogs, will appear in the August/September 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, my most recent solo show at Joe Van Gogh on Broad St in Durham ran from October - December 2015! I participated in the Carrack's 5th anniversary Community Art show, from 17-25 June 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
    • Lumina Media
  • Education
    • University of Notre Dame
    • Northwestern University