Next Letter in the Mail: Melissa Rivero


Our next Letter in the Mail comes from acclaimed author Melissa Rivero! Melissa writes to us about the importance of making time for play—in our writing, and in our lives.

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Melissa Rivero is the author of The Affairs of the Falcóns, which won the New American Voices Award and was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Born in Lima, Peru and raised in Brooklyn, she is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School. Melissa currently works as in-house legal counsel at a startup. She still lives in Brooklyn with her family.


Photograph of Melissa Rivero by Bartosz Potocki.