Melissa Brandt earned an M.A. in Literature in 2007 and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2008. Her feature-length screenplay, Dog Year, was a semi-finalist in both the American Zoetrope and Slamdance screenwriting competitions. Her next screenplay, Cordelia, was optioned in 2009. In 2012, she was awarded the McKnight Fellowship, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and was selected as part of the Emerging Narrative Program for Independent Film Week in New York City for her screenplay, Chicken Day. Melissa lives in Rochester, Minnesota, with her husband and two children.