Richard Melo

Location Portland, OR

Books by Richard Melo
  • by Richard Melo
    Soft Skull Press, 2004.

  • by Richard Melo
    Red Lemonade, 2013.
  • About Me

    I'm the author of two novels -- Jokerman 8, a novel of eco-rads, published by Soft Skull Press, and Happy Talk, just published by Red Lemonade.

    I made mediabistro's list of Best Online Fiction Writers. I also write book reviews with more than 100 appearing in Publishers Weekly, The Oregonian, Willamette Week, and The Believer. College was San Francisco State University & Portland, OR is my home. I'm working on a third novel.

    I've been developing a narrative style that involves storytelling through quick-moving imagery and long, uninterrupted spells of dialogue. I will never know whether or not it works until you tell me.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    One novel was a mess until I read Tristram Shandy. Second book was written in a style combining William Gaddis & Virginia Woolf with content inspired by Maya Deren & Ismael Reed & dialogue straight out of Abbot & Costello. My current work in progress has a bit of Sam Shepard thrown in for good measure. My favorite books include The Recognitions, by William Gaddis (which used to be obscure) & Miss MacIntosh, My Darling, by Marguerite Young (which will always be obscure). The improvised feeling of Robert Altman's films inspires my approach to writing fiction.

    Richard Melo's Wall

    Berit Ellingsen – Sep 10, 2011

    Welcome to Fictionaut! :) Good seeing you and your stories here.

    MaryAnne Kolton – Jun 08, 2011

    Ah, Richard. If only saying something could make it true. Life is complicated, no? Thank you again for reading my work.

    Marcus Speh – May 26, 2011

    welcome, richard. i remember you from red lemonade. enjoy fictionaut!

    Robert Vaughan – May 22, 2011

    Welcome to Fictionaut, Richard! Nice to see you here!

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