melissa-cistaro-photoMelissa Cistaro’s stories and interviews have been published in numerous literary journals, including the New Ohio Review,, and Brevity, The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, Bookish, PBS To The Contrary,  as well as the anthologies CHERISHED and LOVE and PROFANITY. She works a bookseller and event coordinator at Book Passage, the esteemed independent bookstore in Northern California. Melissa graduated with honors from UCLA and followed her literary pursuits through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and the Tin House Writer’s Workshop in Portland. Between the years of raising her children, writing, bookselling, teaching horseback riding, and curating a business in equestrian antiques – Melissa completed her first memoir. For inquiries about speaking, teaching or mentoring please reach out to melissacistaro (at)

horse(author photo © Adam Karsten)