Melissa Balmain

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Melissa Balmain is a journalist, humorist, and editor whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. The author of Walking in on People, an award-winning poetry collection, she teaches writing at the University of Rochester. For more of her work, please visit

Articles by Melissa Balmain

5 Great Reasons to Read Books Aloud

“Fuming, Harry descended the stairs to Snape’s dungeon... ”Moments ago in

September 11, 2015

6 Life Lessons from Mom That Have Inspired and Guided Me

I was a buck-toothed, knobby-kneed kid who thought for years that “finding

August 13, 2015

How Beauty-Inspired Awe Can Boost Your Mood

To lift your spirits, binge on something natural and healthy: the world’s loveliness.

July 10, 2015

How I Turned Weeping into Purpose in Mom's Last Days

A trip down memory lane and through family history can help you find solace in times of grief.

June 12, 2015

The Creative Benefits of a Little Goofiness

Unserious pursuits can seriously boost your creativity.

May 1, 2015

32 Nuggets of Wisdom (with a Twist)

A list of laughorisms—aka tongue-in-cheek sayings—to keep in your back pocket

April 5, 2015

Why You Should Devote a Few Minutes to Aimless Joy

Discover the bliss of positively pointless pursuits.

March 8, 2015