University of Iowa

June Melby

June Melby is the author of My Family and Other Hazards (Henry Holt & Co., 2014), a memoir about a retro 1950s miniature golf course that her family ran for 30 years. It was a New York Times Best Seller and won the Midwest Connections Award. A former standup comedian and performance poet, her work has appeared in Muse/A Journal, Forklift Ohio, Fugue, The Utne Reader, Water~Stone Review, Versal, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, National Lampoon Magazine, and the LA Weekly, among others. As a spoken-word artist she has performed in major cities throughout the U.S. and Europe. She received an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa, and currently lives in the woods with her husband and a twenty-pound cat named Ferdinand Magellan.

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You’ve finally carved out some time in your life to write. You have great ideas, maybe even a new computer. But when you sit down to write, your muse refuses to speak. Or worse, the muse gets you started, and then disappears for weeks at a time. Should you give up? Move on to a different project? Are you just not talented enough? Or is there some way to coax your muse back?