About

Melissa Gira Grant
Melissa Gira Grant is a staff writer covering justice at The New Republic. She is the author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso). She was a senior staff writer at The Appeal, as well as a contributing writer at the Village Voice and Pacific Standard. Her feature reporting has been published by BuzzFeed News and the Guardian, and her commentary and criticism has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bookforum and The New York Review of Books. Her essays are collected in Best Sex Writing, The Feminist Utopia Project, and Where Freedom Starts: Sex Power Violence #MeToo.

She has appeared on NPR, “Melissa Harris Perry” (MSNBC), “So Popular with Janet Mock,” BBC World Service, Channel 4, CBC, WNYC, and more to discuss her work.

Melissa was a resident writer at The Writer’s Block Residency Program in Las Vegas, in partnership with the literary studio Plympton and The Writer’s Block bookstore, and she was a visiting scholar at The Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has been invited speaker at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Berlin, and the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, among other institutions. She lives in New York.

Write Melissa at mgg@melissagiragrant.com and find her on Twitter at @melissagira.