Melanie has been writing poems for fifteen years, with publications in Canadian literary journals including Wascana Review, CV2, Malahat Review, Antigonish Review, and The Fiddlehead. In 2001, Melanie studied with Canadian poet Tim Lilburn at the University of Saskatchewan. For three months in 2002, she was Writer in Residence at the Wallace Stegner House (Eastend, SK).
Melanie is a literatures librarian at the University of Calgary. There she co-founded Poem of the Season, a student writing competition, with writers Tom Wayman and Robert Majzels.
Melanie, who is owner of Wogibi Press, divides her time between Calgary and Eastend, SK.