Melinda Thomsen – Poet

Melinda’s newly published collection of poems, Field Rations, was inspired by more than 100 letters Thomsen’s grandfather Owen Leach wrote to her grandmother Mattye Seay Leach during World War II. In the words of one reviewer, “Letters that began as gifts to a loving wife have reemerged as art to become gifts for the world.” Poems and book reviews by Melinda Thomsen ’83 have appeared in journals and anthologies in the United States and overseas.

Melinda Thomsen has published poems and reviews in The Same, Poetry East, New York Quarterly, Big City Lit, Elysian Fields Quarterly, among others and the anthology Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews. Her chapbook of baseball poems, Naming Rights, was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press.