Melody Nixon is New Zealand-born writer living in New York City. She writes short historical fiction and is currently working on a lyrical nonfiction book investigating colonialism, place, and her own identity. In 2012 she was selected for residencies at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, the Norwegian Theater Academy, Art Farm Nebraska, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Ragdale Foundation. She is the recipient of grants from The Gatsby Foundation and the Harriman Institute in New York City, the latter of which allowed her to travel to Siberia in 2012. Melody is the Interviews Editor for The Common, and the Founding Editor of Apogee, a literary journal dedicated to work by writers of color and work that explores issues of identity, race and writing from the margins.
On a warm night on the Crimean Peninsula, in 1944, seventeen-year-old Ayshe and her family wakes up to a heavy knock at the door—the Soviet police. Writer Melody Nixon shares this piece of historical fiction, an excerpt from a larger work-in-progress on the Tartars' exile to Siberia.
Published March 6, 2013 in Issue Vol. 1, No. 1