Melody Sumner Carnahan

Melody Sumner Carnahan

Melody Sumner Carnahan has twelve books in print and over forty short works published in national and international periodicals and anthologies, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s City Lights Review, Five Fingers Review, How2, Leonardo Music Journal, THE Magazine, Rampike, Alcatraz, Factorial (Japan), At a Distance (MIT), The Closets of Time (Mercury Press), and Permission to Speak and What Is the Sound of Smoke (Teksteditions, 2012 & 2014). Her first novel, Only a Messenger, was released November 2011 by Burning Books. You Are Not Asleep, Carnahan's 4th story collection is available May 2014 from Teksteditions, Toronto, Canada.

Carnahan received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, working also at the Center for Contemporary Music with composers Robert Ashley and Maggi Payne, and in the Book Arts Program with Kathleen Walkup. At Mills, she began collaborating with composers and musicians to present her writing “off the page.” Her fiction has found form for over twenty-five years as intermedia creations in which she provides stories, lyrics, and prose for recordings, installations, video, film, posters, and live performance, notably the widely praised “performance novels” of Laetitia Sonami.


Melody Sumner Carnahan Discography Tracks

Singles & EPs

none Melody Sumner Carnahan, Elizabeth Wiseman (2), J.A. Deane Melody Sumner Carnahan, Elizabeth Wiseman (2), J.A. Deane - Try Being Alive In This World(CDr, EP) Burning Books none US 2011 Sell This Version


FP 006 Melody Sumner Carnahan The Time is Now(CD, Comp) Frog Peak Music FP 006 US 1998 Sell This Version