Melanie Maria Goodreaux is a playwright, poet, and native of New Orleans who has made her home in New York City since 1999. Her poetry and plays—including Saydee and Deelores, Walter. Bullets. And Binoculars, amd Ka-trina Who?!—have been performed at Yale University, the Lillian Theater in Los Angeles, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Chelsea Playhouse in New York City, and at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. She is a teaching artist with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Creative Theatrics, and the Manhattan New Music Project, teaching creative writing and drama in all the boroughs of New York City. This interview from the Digital Resource Center on T&W's Website includes a lesson idea for the classroom using poetry from Tish Benson's book Wild Like That: Good Stuff Smelling Strong.