Melissa Campana

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Dublin, Ireland
University Of Arizona
Cocktails, Beer, Family Meals, Food Culture
  • Melissa is a freelance writer whose work centers around travel, family, and the intersection of food and culture.
  • She has previously written for Raising Arizona Kids magazine, and Phoenix New Times, an alternative weekly.
  • In addition to her regular happy hour column for Phoenix New Times, Melissa wrote and performed several pieces for Bar Flies, the magazine's monthly storytelling event.


Melissa earned her stripes writing for Raising Arizona Kids, a family magazine where she learned to write, edit, and reassure frazzled parents. After living (and eating) in Ireland and Italy, Melissa moved back to Arizona and became a regular contributor to the culture and food and drink verticals of Phoenix New Times, Arizona's alternative weekly. There, she reviewed restaurants and interviewed the occasional chef, but by far her favorite gig was writing the paper's weekly happy hour column. Melissa also wrote and performed in Bar Flies, a live reading series in downtown Phoenix. One of her pieces was selected for publication in the book “Bar Flies: True Stories from the Early Years.”


Melissa was an English major at the University of Arizona, before a semester abroad in Spain convinced her to get a degree in Spanish and Portuguese. She's been traveling, eating, and writing about both ever since.
Stories By Melissa Campana