Susan Melinda Dunlap is a journalist, playwright and fiction writer. She has been published in the Brooklyn Review and Wordriot. StorySouth named her fictional “Driving Naked Westward After Midnight” a notable story for 2006. As a journalist, she is the environmental reporter for The Montana Standard, covering the largest Superfund complex in the nation. The Society of Environmental Journalists gave her a grant in 2015 to explore the mining legacy in southwest Montana. She has also been a McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute recipient. She has been reporting on open pit mining and water issues for nearly five years in both New Mexico and Montana. She received a first place award for her story about a threatened New Mexico river in 2015 from the New Mexico Press Association. The Montana Newspaper Association awarded her with a first place award for enterprise reporting in 2017. She’s also received second and third place awards for her journalism. As a playwright, she was awarded a commission to write a play about water in 2018 by the Montana Arts Council and the Root and the Bloom Collective. Her plays have been read, workshopped or staged in New York City, New Mexico and Montana. She was accepted in the William Inge Theater Festival in Kansas in 2016 and has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship for Emerging American Playwrights, a Mabou Mines artist residency and the Humana Festival of New American Play’s Heidemann Award. She has been a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference and the Princess Grace Playwriting award. She received an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College where she was awarded the Louis B. Goodman Creative Writing Scholarship.