Melissa Delbridge is the author of Family Bible (University of Iowa Press, 2008), a memoir about coming of age in the Deep South (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) in the Sixties and Seventies. She has published essays and short stories in Antioch Review, Southern Humanities Review, Third Coast, and other journals. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and North Carolina State University. Recently retired as an archivist at Duke University. Melissa lives with her family in Orange County, North Carolina where she spends her leisure time letting the dogs in and out, making pickles, plotting vengeance, substantiating rumors, and working on a novel. Melissa is a 2008 Hippo Award winner for Best Comedy.