Melvin Peña

Writer, Artist, and Social Media Manager in Raleigh, North Carolina

Melvin Peña

Writer, Artist, and Social Media Manager 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 most recent feature article appeared 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 will have a piece in The Carrack's Winter Community Art show, from 20-27 January 2017! Here are the results of my 2013 art project celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who." Three of my pieces were published in the "Raleigh Review" (vol 3, 2012-2013), and I have an online art shop open at Society6, with prints, cards, shirts, phone cases, &c!

I also love singing and getting people involved in singing. I'm the Social Media Manager for both Flash Chorus (official) and Pinhook Karaoke (unofficial)! 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