CREATIVE CONSULTANT / FREELANCE WRITER. M. DANTE is a respected critical and creative writer, qualitative researcher, along with enjoying history as an exhibiting photographer. Most known for her critical writing, cinematic essay, commentary, and sex education discussions, she is also popular for her esoteric creative non-fiction and poetry. Publicly active since 2003 in sex work v sex trafficking discussion, she supports health and human rights, assisting with a myriad of grass roots advocacy and research projects. Fond of fitness as a form of meditation and life celebration, she hopes to integrate more mind-body affiliation into her project list.
So far - in 2015 - she has contributed to background and resources for articles appearing in TIME, and The Atlantic Monthly, with academic research projects at UC Berkeley, UA Fairbanks, Villa Nova, and Goddard College, along with community supported projects in Greater Philadelphia related to outreach, advocacy, and empowerment, leading to SWOP-USA granting scholarship to the 40th UALE Northeast Union Women’s School hosted by the LABOR School at Penn State.
As a Goddard College Ambassador Alum (BA 2003 / HAS MA 2005), Melanie - aka M. Dante - 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 advisor 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." Follow me on Academia.edu
Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco
the release & first three readings from the
PM Press Anthology of Jewish Noir
in affiliation w.
TBA - Bay Area and So Cal 22 October - 02 November - TBA
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:
IMAGERY & COLLAGE
Philadelphia 2012 - 2013
Free Tours by Foot Philadelphia
Sales Gaspillee: Upstairs at The Irish Pol
jasharp Custom Jewelers
Dosie Dough Bakery
Dog Star Books
Millersville University/ Ganser Gallery
Franklin & Marshall College
FUND RAISER AFFILIATION
Clare House (Shelter for Women)
Crispus Attucks Community Center
Team American Spirit
The National M.S. Society
The Red Thread
FREELANCE & COMMUNITY EVENTS
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
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
Interested in Melanie's Creative History Dating Back to New York City & San Francisco 1988-1999?
Remember Gotham? Colloquially defined as part of the "Poverty Jet Set" of the NY-SF-LA Underground, Melanie worked on many unique independent films, documentaries, and art house projects. She was a popular artist's model, and performance art partner involved in successful exhibitions. Email for details of her retro resume.
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Beautiful Day Creations memorial website