Melinda Cochrane is a poet, fiction writer, and educator. She received the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship for poetry and teaching from the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Her first YA novel, Desperate Freedom, was nominated for best book of the year in 2013 by the Quebec Writers’ Federation. She has published another YA novel called Utterance and two other fiction books, The Train Will Come and Behind the Pen. Her poetry books include She’s an Island Poet and a long poem called My Lips hold the Pink and Red. Melinda also ran a publishing service out of Montreal for aspiring writers, Melinda Cochrane:Publications Inc, a company now dedicated to the works of Melinda Cochrane. Her first company Melinda Cochrane International was founded in 2013, which published hundreds of writers from all over the world. Melinda's new path is to teach others how to find writing as a path to heal and in this mission, she hopes to inspire others to find their passions- no matter what that passion maybe.
Her work appears in online magazines and blogs such as Life as a Human (regular writer), Shannon Grissom’s American Lifestyle Magazine, and Gigaré Lifestyle Magazine. She was the 2012 winner of Malahat Review’s Twitter Monostich Contest and has been longlisted for the Fermoy International Poetry Contest in Ireland. She also has work online in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Red Fez, and Poetry Zoo, as well as United, the online magazine put out by the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers.
Melinda is also a radio blog host, and her podcast Poetry Blast at bshaniradio.com reached number one in week six. She has appeared on Vercay Radio (vercay.com). She was also the host of a show called Melinda Talks, where she interviewed guests such as Dr. Maya Angelou and Rana Dasgupta. Another show called Destiny Mindset interviewed writers and poets worldwide. Melinda was also featured on the March 2018 cover of Vercay Magazine at vercay.com.
She has read in Bournemouth (England), North Carolina, and Montreal’s ‘100 Thousand Poets for Change’, as well as a number of book launches and other events. In Montreal, she spoke at Dawson College’s Anti-Violence Conference in 2011 and at the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre in 2018. She also did a PED talk at McGill University where she spoke to young aspiring teachers.