CREATIVE CONSULTANT / FREELANCE WRITER.  M. DANTE    is respected critical and creative writer, qualitative researcher, and photographer. Most known for her critical writing, commentary, and sexual communication workshops, she is also popular for her esoteric creative non-fiction and poetry.  Publicly active since 2003 in discussion on survival sex, sex work, and sex trafficking, she has been writing on the topic since the early 1990s, supporting programs and legislation essential to empowerment, community health and human rights.  In 2017 she is passionately inspired towards fitness and fashion lifestyles, along with maintaining  consult to coverage of social justice issues.   


As a Goddard College Ambassador Alum (BA 2003 / HAS MA 2005), she has a strong sense of community, along with immense respect for individualism. Receiving the Drexel University Deans Scholarship for excellence in research, Melanie selected to stay between her home in Lancaster, PA and her studies in Plainfield, VT, completing the Goddard College Health Arts & Sciences (HAS MA) program. The HAS MA is an interdisciplinary program founded on the principle that community health, personal health, and the health of the natural world are equal.

In 2009 the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) awarded Melanie a grant to complete a small business start up program offered by Assets Lancaster. As a result of Assets, she operated a unique craft and collectibles project, Beautiful Day Creations, through the death of her mother, who shared company with her after having to retire early as a result of Multiple Sclerosis. During the decade of time, from 2003-2013, besides her academic and creative accomplishments, Melanie worked in health care as an attendant and advocate.

Contributing to projects combining her background in the creative arts, the health arts and sciences, volunteer service, and her familiarity of urban dynamics, Melanie now enjoys a physically active, cosmopolitan lifestyle in Philadelphia.

Often asked from where she hails, Melanie is a vibrant thread in the weave of the American tapestry. Originally from Boston's North Shore, she lived in Coastal Florida and New Mexico during her middle school years as a result of her parent's creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. Independent since 16, she moved to Brooklyn at 18, living between New York and San Francisco for over a decade. Pennsylvania has been "home" since 1999.

Goddard College adviser Katt Lissard wrote: "Melanie was always a pleasure to work with. She's articulate, intelligent, highly creative, and has a strong sense of justice and the individual's right to personal freedom. Her work moves between the transgressive & the transformative, always including compassion & heart."



2014 Short Story Finalist THE FAULKNER SOCIETY


2016 Philadelphia Noir Con

2016 Noir Con J/Noir Panel

2014/2016 Noir Riot


Sen. Haywood's Reading Revolution Lead Tutor

Read by 4th Lead Tutor 

UALE 41 Rutgers 

Drexel University Writers Room Anthology II

People's Emergency Center / Families First


Suffolk County Community College

Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco

Litquake San Francisco

J/Noir P M Press

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

SWOP Philadelphia / Project SAFE

Community United for Safety and Protection (CUSP)

The ESPLER Project / ESPU San Francisco

Lady Dahlia Entertainment

The Erotic Literary Salon Philadelphia: Providing a supportive arena for sharing erotica, writing tips, encouraging writers, offering sex education and news with a positive spin

Philadelphia Fight End AIDS 2015

SEXx Interactive in affiliation with "Sex with Timaree" and GALAEI

Regain That Feeling with Dr. Mitch Tepper, PhD M P D

Noir Riot: A biennial literary journal published in conjunction with Out of the Gutter and NoirCon, a Philadelphia based crime fiction conference that has taken place on even-numbered years since 2008

Sen-Sexual E-Anthology in affiliation w. The Philadelphia Erotic Literary Salon

The Projection Booth Podcast hosted by Mike White and Rob St. Mary

IOTA: The Arlington Poetry Mic Hosted by Miles David Moore

The Walking Fish Theater Philadelphia

HeadPress 2.6: Collaborative interview with V.Vale of ReSearch Publications

Archived Projects Include:


Philadelphia 2012 - 2013

Free Tours by Foot Philadelphia

Sales Gaspillee:  Upstairs at The Irish Pol 

Lancaster 2005-2011

jasharp Custom Jewelers

Kalargyros Gallery

Dosie Dough Bakery

Dog Star Books

Millersville University/ Ganser Gallery

Franklin & Marshall College


Clare House (Shelter for Women)

Crispus Attucks Community Center

Team American Spirit

The National M.S. Society

The Red Thread


PA Ballot Access Coalition, Philadelphia

CB Richard Ellis, Philadelphia

Christina's Pantry, Lancaster

DJ Gerri Hoff & The International Network, Lancaster

Dog Star Books, Lancaster

Eyes Wide Open /American Friends Service Committee, Lancaster

Gallery 141, Lancaster

Goodman Creations, Lancaster

HeadPress, UK

Mimi Shapiro, Lancaster

Octavia & the Earthblood Blues Band, Paradise

Padmani Kundalini Yoga Products, Lancaster

Party of One, Lancaster / NYC

The Maternal Diva Rose Hudson, York

Andy Black's Necronomicon, UK

Barrel Entertainment, Detroit

Beautiful Day Creations Memorial Website


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