June Melby

writer, spoken word artist, mammal

Welcome to June's website, and thanks for stopping by.

Speaking in Oconto where My Famiy and Other Hazards was chosen for their "all county read."
June Melby is an author and a performer, a former standup comedian, and slam poet. Her memoir My Family and Other Hazards (Holt 2014) was on the New York Times Bestseller list and won the Midwest Connections Award. It tells the story of the retro 1950s miniature golf course where her family lived and waited on tourists who roamed their backyard.

Her work has appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Utne Reader, LAWeekly, and journals including Versal and Forklift Ohio.She loves to travel and has performed in cities all over the world, from Los Angeles, to London, Munich, Hamburg, and Amsterdam. She teaches creative writing at a number of residencies and conferences. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa, and then moved to a log cabin in the woods where she lives with her husband and a 20 pound cat named Ferdinand Magellan.

Selected Works

Books
Funny and nostalgic ... Melby deftly captures her family’s seemingly endless lakeside summers and the inevitable letting go of childhood.
Rob Spillman
Endearing... An outpouring of tender, witty memories.
Publisher's Weekly
poetry and music