About

Melinda Worth PophamMelinda Worth Popham was born in Kansas City and has a BA from the University of Chicago and MAs from Yale Divinity School and Stanford. Her previous book, Skywater, was named an American Library Association Notable Book, honored by the California State Senate, and showcased in Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers. She has two adult children and lives in Los Angeles where she is a spiritual director and retreat leader and is at work on the novel she saved up to write in the hope of becoming old enough and wise enough to do it justice. Grace Period is her third book.

Awards & Accolades
For Skywater:
  • Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers,” 1990
  • An American Library Association “Notable Book,” 1991
  • Edward Abbey EcoFiction Award, 1990
  • Honored by the California State Senate for “outstanding literary achievement,” 1990
  • NPR “All Things Considered” interview, 1990
  • Optioned for a motion picture by an Oscar-winning screenplay writer
For other work:
  • Dreamworks/UCLA Extension Writers Program Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award, 1st runner-up, Heloise and Abelard, 1998
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant, 1967
  • Paul Shorey Short Story Prize, 1966
  • Laurie Fisher Winston Fiction Award, 1964
Education & Background
  • Yale Divinity School, MA Religion, 2002
  • Oxford University, certificate, 1999
  • Stanford University, MA English/Creative Writing, 1967
  • University of Chicago, BA English, 1966
  • Mills College, 1962-64