Melissa Bennett, M.Div. (Umatilla/Nez Perce/Sac & Fox, Blackfoot Lakota/Navajo) is a writer and emerging storyteller interested in story as medicine, especially its ability to heal historical trauma among indigenous communities. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013, Melissa writes poetry, fiction, and essays with a focus on social justice, culture, tradition, and spirituality. Currently, Melissa works in higher education partnering with Native American/Alaskan Native/Pacific Islander students and community to create culturally relevant programming and events. Melissa is a member of the 2014-15 Native American Youth and Family Center LEAD Cohort, the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association, and WordCraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.