Melissa Chadburn

Melissa Chadburn is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Guernica, SLAKE, Salon, The Rumpus and a dozen other places. She’s currently writing "A Tiny Upward Shove," her teenage foster care narrative. Reach her at She loves your whole outfit right now.

Stories By Melissa Chadburn

My Runaway Childhood

After an abuse-filled upbringing, I left home for good at thirteen, legally emancipated myself from my mother, and finally took control of my own life.