Melissa is a staff writer at Mic, where she has written lifestyle news and features since 2016. She specifically covers food, travel and personal finance, with a focus on LGBTQ+ people and culture. Melissa’s bylines have also appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, VICE, and several more publications. She earned her bachelor's degree in Creative Writing, with a concentration in fiction, from Columbia University. When Melissa is not writing articles, she's likely writing and/or reading fiction. She is very into wine, which probably helps with all that reading/writing and can't resist an impractical cooking project. She loves exploring New York City, travels frequently and is constantly trying to improve her French. You can follow Melissa on Twitter at @melissabethk and learn more about her and her work at www.melissabethk.com. She is represented by Kristy Hunter of The Knight Agency.