About Melinda Cochrane Bachelor of Arts in History from Memorial University Newfoundland, Canada
Bachelor of Education From Memorial Unversity Newfoundland, Canada
Diploma in Heath and Fitness University of Montreal, Quebec
Educator with over 20 years of experience Speaker at Dawson College Anti-Violence Conference in 2011 Radio host on Various blog radio shows in the United States with Maya Angelou being one of her guests. Contributor at Learn Quebec - served on year on a committee for at risk youth - see here She is also a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, MCI Writers House for aspiring writers, based out Montreal Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, . Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.
Melinda received the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship for Poetry from the North Carolina Writers Network. And was also a winner of the summer Malahat Review weekly Monostich Contest. She's published work in the Quills literary poetry journal, as well as Red Fez and Poetry Zoo online poetry journals. She’s read in Bournemouth England, North Carolina, and Montreal’s ‘100 Thousand Poets for Change’, as well as a number of book launches and other events. Her speaking engagements focus on healing, finding your passions and executing them. Her teen novel Desperate Freedom was nominated by the Quebec Writer’s Federation for book of the year. Melinda was also a long list winner for the Fermoy International Poetry Contest. Also recently published with Digitalbog.com, Manhattan New York, Behind The Pen, a love story. She was also host on a blog radio show called Melinda Talks with Dr. Maya Angelou being one of her most well known guests. Hosted at bshaniradio.com with her show reaching number one in week six.
I think one of the hallmarks of a good artist is the understanding of space. A good painter or photographer knows that negative space is every bit as crucial as the subject matter. A good musician understands that the space between notes is just as important, if not more so, then the notes themselves. Each time you listen, your hear something new, some subtle nuance.
Melinda's writing clearly demonstrates that she understands this dynamic. Each time she sends in a new piece, she makes me think. Each time I re-read her pieces, I see something new. I would add that as a publisher who deals with many authors, Melinda is always a pleasure to work with. She is polite and always grateful, something a great many others could learn from! It's a privilege to have her work grace our pages. Gil Namur President and CEO. Life As A Humanwww.lifeasahuman.
A Romance Series ".... Every page of Behind The Pen took me so deep into the story and created such a need for me to find out what happens next that I found myself unable to put the book down. Melinda Cochrane has a way of making you feel as though she has spied on your life and is now telling the world your story through her amazing wordplay. The story also gets you thinking about some of the crazy things many of us have done in our own lives, in the name of love. Behind the Pen simply amazes me. I found myself so engrossed within the story that I couldn't help but find myself happy one moment and mad the next. Melinda Cochrane dares to ask her readers to really think about how far they are will go to know and feel real love. It's a deep question that leads one to seriously take the time to think about love. I rarely read books of this nature, so it was refreshing to get away from all the business and self help industry books I usually read in order to allow myself to drift away for a moment in a dream of love...." Bennie Randall Jr Product Details
In The Man Who Stole Father's Boat Melinda Cochrane evokes the geography, history, politics, and sociology of Newfoundland and Labrador with the kind of hardy and hard-edged truthfulness that characterizes so much of the vital and unique culture of the province some call the Rock. Melinda's poetic narratives conjure a world that is craggy and wind-swept and storm-tossed. In poetry that pulses with the creative energies of story, image, music, emotion, and voice, Melinda tells the truth about growing up in Newfoundland and Labrador from the perspective of being poor. Her poems and stories resonate with lingering and haunting rhythms like ocean waves playing percussion on beach stones. Melinda invokes a world that is chaotic and challenging, but because of her courageous willingness to call out in a voice that is poetic and prophetic, she also ultimately spells a portrait of life in Newfoundland and Labrador that is profoundly hopeful, never nostalgic or romantic. This book has been fired in the heart, and hammered in the imagination, and it is offered as a gift of sturdy wisdom that can sustain us in addressing urgent contemporary issues of class privilege and social justice, especially through education as creative, liberating, and transformative. Dr. Carl Leggo, poet and professor and Newfoundlander University of British Columbia I
"Lyrical and deeply evocative, Melinda Cochrane's poetry calls demons to the dance floor and brings the mighty to their knees. She's an Island Poet beautifully captures the spirit of Islandness, in general, and Newfoundland, in particular. She celebrates the struggles of place and people as the very loom on which their inner fibres are woven. This is an intensely human and honest collection that will leave you changed." Dr. Ellyn Lyle, author and lecturer University of Prince Edward Island
In She's An Island Poet Melinda Cochrane, with a brush of both reflection and soul-full imagination, in buoyant colour paints an incredible landscape of both person and place.
In this collection of poetry and poetic prose, she gently but vigilantly reminds both herself and us not of a distant place beyond or a place without, but instead perhaps in each of us a place within. She takes us there effortlessly throughout this collection with passages like "The ocean currents brought me back and I knew the worded memories. I found the washed stones in my shoes and the velvet sofa of my grandmother...", and "...we do not, go into the interior without knowing the rules of nature,//we rhythm with it,...".
This is a wonderful and poignant collection of word, image and reflection, with number on number of simply remarkable poems and short works of prose, but in particular the opening letter to the island, "Her Letter" and the section of poems, "Freedom" -undeniably brilliant.
Bruce Kauffman, Author of The Texture of Days, in Ash and Leaf
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