Co-Working, Creative Collaboration and Consult Since 1988 

mixed media - photographic & collage imagery - written word

blogs - documentaries - magazine articles - pod casts - workshops   


As Goddard College Ambassador Alum  (IBA 2003. HAS MA 2005),  Melanie has both a strong sense of  community, along with respect for  individualism.  Receiving  the Drexel University Deans Scholarship for excellence in research,  Melanie selected to stay between Lancaster and Plainfield, completing the Goddard College Health Arts & Sciences, an interdisciplinary program founded on the principle that community health, personal health and the health of the natural world are three dimensions of the same whole.  In 2009 the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) awarded Melanie a grant to complete a small business start up program through Assets of Lancaster.  As a result of Assets, she operated a craft and collectibles project, Beautiful Day Creations,  through the death of her mother, who shared company with her through the progression 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 for Alzheimer's disease, hospice and as an aide for adults with disabilities. She also maintained volunteer work with the National  M.S. Society, along with Lancaster County organizations such as the YWCA, Clare House for Women,  Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, and as poll clerk during elections.  

Contributing to projects combining her background in the creative arts,  and  the health arts and sciences, Melanie enjoys a physically active,  social, cosmopolitan lifestyle.  She is currently freelance in Philadelphia, while exploring new opportunities in other regions. 

While working with Melanie at Goddard College, 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."


Noir Riot. A biennial literary journal published in conjunction with NoirCon, a crime fiction conference that has taken place on even-numbered years since 2008.

SLIXA of Canada:  Harnessing the power of social media for a radically different adult  marketing platform. 

The IOTA Poetry Series is held each second Sunday of the month hosted by poet Miles David Moore.  

The Erotic Literary Salon Philadelphia provides a supportive arena for sharing erotica, writing tips, encouraging writers, offering sex news with a positive spin, and discussions on various related topics.

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

The Walking Fish Theater Philadelphia.

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


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



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For more information on the former "Beautiful Day Creations"  please visit the memorial website



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