Melanie Sevcenko is a reporter, radio producer and published poet.
Her primary beats include social justice, minority issues, police reform, topical local news, marijuana, culture and film.
She is also the Assistant Editor for Live Wire Radio, a weekly public radio variety show broadcasting on over 100 public radio stations.
Her radio reporting has also been broadcast on BBC World Service, CBC, Deutsche Welle and the Northwest News Network, while her print/online journalism has been published by Global Post, Pacific Standard and the Toronto Star, amongst others.
Previously, she was a programmer and programming coordinator for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, Ontario.
From 2007 – 2014, Melanie lived in Berlin, Germany. During this time she was an assistant to the head of programming at the Berlinale Talent Campus, an annual networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for hundreds of young international filmmakers.
She also worked as a project coordinator for the Institute of Documentary Film in Prague, Czech Republic, where she helped develop and promote documentaries by Eastern European filmmakers.
Her poetry and short fiction has been published in several literary publications, including Verse Daily, Black Heart Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, apt, newleaf, The Fourth River, Sojourn, BlazeVOX, and Nexus.
Her poetry chapbook, We Slept in Body Bags, Just in Case, was published in 2013 by Finishing Line Press and has been nominated for the Mass Book Awards. For information and to order a copy, click here.
Melanie was born in Toronto, came of age in Dallas, and has lived in Austin, Dublin, Berlin and Prague.
In 2014, she moved to Portland, Oregon where she currently resides.