Personalized Poetry Feedback

Want an experienced pair of eyes to give your poems a fresh, deep read?

Would you like to hear what’s working in your poems, as well as what questions the poems raise?

Send me your poetry drafts for detailed, empowering, and encouraging feedback. I’ll let you know where I see good energy in your poems, and ideas of where I think the poem is heading. I’ll also offer questions to consider for additional focus and clarity.

My goal is to empower you, as the poet, to make informed and confident responses to your work. I trust you’ll know at the end of the day what your poems need, even as our own poems can surprise us in the directions that they take. I also hope that in the process of receiving feedback, you and your poems will feel validated and seen.

I’m a published poet, Poetry Editor for Geez Magazine, MFA student at Spalding University, and Student Editor for the Good River Review. I’ve written, and read, copious poetry on both sides of publication. I know some poems are meant for a wider audience, while others are just for a close inner circle. Either way, our poems deserve love and attention. I’d be honored to accompany you on that journey.

Check out details below for price options, as well as endorsements from some poets who have benefited from my poetry feedback. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Poetry Feedback (Up to Three Poems): $25

Send me up to three poems in .doc or .docx format (no more than six pages total) by emailing me at I will then invoice the $25, payable through Venmo or Paypal. Once the invoice is settled, I will send my detailed and encouraging feedback within two weeks.

Give the Gift of Poetry Feedback!

Know a poet who wants to grow in their craft? Email me at to request a poetry feedback gift certificate. Once the invoice is settled ($25 for up to three poems/six pages total), I’ll email the poet with the certificate, as well as a personalized message of blessing.

Hear What Others Say About My Poetry Feedback

Melanie has an ear for poetry and a heart for people. Her feedback is curious, probing, and creativity-provoking. Her critique is guided by compassion and the conviction that poetry – all poetry, everyone’s poetry – has something profound to convey to the world; that word is spirit. She will inspire you.

Rosalind Hughes, Episcopal priest and author, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing, and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, Euclid, Ohio

Melanie’s notes are so encouraging and offer gentle wisdom for how to draft, so it makes me excited to dig in and see what might come up in another iteration of the poem itself! 

Katie Rouse, Writer & Marketing Manager, Raleigh, North Carolina

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