Melinda Ann Bender
Groundwaters Publishing, LLC
"Bubbling up in our own good time-- online."

Born in Seattle and raised in Southern Oregon, I am fascinated with nature and our
human connection.  I have enjoyed reading and writing stories since childhood, and I
share this passion with my students. I am a tenured, full professor of composition.

I attended the University of Washington and graduated from Oregon State University.
Intrigued with Oregon and Washington, I often write from this perspective.  I have
recently published in
Groundwaters, Lorane, Oregon, and Mondays on the Mall, Be
Grateful in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.  My early love of writing and
literature originated from my high school honors English teacher, beloved, former
Oregon Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen.

Website address: none available

Index of Groundwaters contributions:

Groundwaters 2015: An Anthology: "An Elderly Klamath Falls Man" - page 128 and
"Thunder" - page 129 (poetry)
Groundwaters 2016: An Anthology: "Promises (poetry/relationships) - page 11;
"Humanity" (poetry/inspiration) - page 30; "Kindness" (poetry/reflection) - page 44;
"Pretty Hands and Promises" (poetry/profiles and tributes) - page 65; "Hanging On"
(poetry/reflection) - page 66; "Shallow Basin" (poetry/special places) - page 84;
"Ghost Memories" (poetry/reflection) page 91; "Lingering (poetry/nature) - page 96
Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology: "Regal Robin" (poetry/Animal Friends) - page
91; "Mr. Harold Grasshopper and Sally" (fiction/For the Young and the Young at
Heart) - page 111; "Becoming" (poetry/Life's Lessons) - page 30; "Sunburst
Honeylocust Trees" (poetry/Memories) - page 78; "Gratitude" (poetry/Nature) - page
45; "Tracks" (poetry/Nature) - page 53; "Breeze" (poetry/Nature) - page 112; "River
Melodies" (poetry/Nature) - page 112; "Barriers" (poetry/Reflections) - page 18;
"Invisible Friend" (poetry/Relationships) - page 39; "Winter Day Luxuries"
(poetry/Seasons) - page 23
Groundwaters 2018: An Anthology: "Arigato" (poetry/Cultures and Places of the
World) - page 34; :Loneliness (poetry/From Deep Within) - page 43; "Present"
(poetry/Animal Friends) - 45; "Unselfishness" (poetry/Relationships) - page 77;
"Promises to Keep" (poetry/Relationships) - page 79; "Apple" (poetry/Relationships) -
page 141