Melissa Dias-Mandoly

Melissa Dias-Mandoly - Designer Tick

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

I'm a designer and artist. I especially love designing poetry books, & have experience with non-fiction and academic texts.

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Overview

I'm a designer, artist, writer, and editor. I have a passion for poetry and love to be creative. I'm currently the Production Editor at University of Pittsburgh Press, where I design ten to fifteen books annually (both cover and interior), as well as numerous flyers, posters, and other marketing materials. I also designed the new UPP logo! Outside of the press, I've done freelance book design for Autumn House Press as well as original art and poster design for an independent touring poet. I'm comfortable working with ideas that a client already has or coming up with something completely new. I look forward to new challenges!
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
History
Life Sciences
Fiction
Horror
LGBTQ
Literature
Poetry
Short Story
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Poetry and Film Studies

Work experience

Freelance Designer

Self-employed
June, 2018 – Present (12 months)

- Cover and interior design for prose and poetry books.
- Composition of original art and poster design for a book launch tour.
- Creating web- and printer-ready files.

Production Editor

University of Pittsburgh Press
January, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

- Cover and interior design of ten to fifteen books annually.
- Finding and contracting artists for covers.
- Creating printer-ready files
- Design of various ads, flyers, posters, and other marketing materials.
- I also designed the new logo, which was chosen from a group of options from my colleagues.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Bird Odyssey (Pitt Poetry Series)

Barbara Hamby

Travel has always been Barbara Hamby's muse, and in Bird Odyssey she hits the road hard, riding a train across Siberia, taking a car trip from Memphis to New Orleans on Highway 61, and following The Odyssey from Troy to Ithaka. The concatenation of images released include Elvis and Tolstoy cruising through the sky in a pink Cadillac, Homer and Robert Johnson discussing their art in the Underwo... read more

Travel has always been Barbara Hamby's muse, and in Bird Odyssey she hits the road hard, riding a train across Siberia, taking a car trip from Memphis to New Orleans on Highway 61, and following The Odyssey from Troy to Ithaka. The concatenation of images released include Elvis and Tolstoy cruising through the sky in a pink Cadillac, Homer and Robert Johnson discussing their art in the Underwo... read more

What We Did While We Made More Guns (Pitt Poetry Series)

Dorothy Barresi

The poems in What We Did While We Made More Guns investigate the place where economic failure meets a widening acculturation of violence—a kind of Great Acceleration of soul extinction set in this spectacularly uneasy moment in American history. Cutting, comic, sorrowful, at times terrified, at times resolute, the poems tilt along the high cliff’s edge of identity anxiety and American moral un... read more

The poems in What We Did While We Made More Guns investigate the place where economic failure meets a widening acculturation of violence—a kind of Great Acceleration of soul extinction set in this spectacularly uneasy moment in American history. Cutting, comic, sorrowful, at times terrified, at times resolute, the poems tilt along the high cliff’s edge of identity anxiety and American moral un... read more

Primer (Pitt Poetry Series)

Aaron Smith

In his third poetry collection, Primer, Aaron Smith grapples with the ugly realities of the private self, in which desire feels more like a trap than fulfillment. What is the face we prepare in our public lives to distract others from our private grief?Smith's poetry explores that inexplicable tension between what we say and how we actually feel, exposing the complications of intimacy and the ... read more

In his third poetry collection, Primer, Aaron Smith grapples with the ugly realities of the private self, in which desire feels more like a trap than fulfillment. What is the face we prepare in our public lives to distract others from our private grief?Smith's poetry explores that inexplicable tension between what we say and how we actually feel, exposing the complications of intimacy and the ... read more

Waiting for the Light (Pitt Poetry Series)

Alicia Ostriker

Winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, poetry categoryWhat is it like living today in the chaos of a city that is at once brutal and beautiful, heir to immigrant ancestors "who supposed their children's children would be rich and free?" What is it to live in the chaos of a world driven by "intolerable, unquenchable human desire?" How do we cope with all the wars? In the midst of the da... read more

Winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, poetry categoryWhat is it like living today in the chaos of a city that is at once brutal and beautiful, heir to immigrant ancestors "who supposed their children's children would be rich and free?" What is it to live in the chaos of a world driven by "intolerable, unquenchable human desire?" How do we cope with all the wars? In the midst of the da... read more

Scald (Pitt Poetry Series)

Denise Duhamel

When her “smart” phone keeps asking her to autocorrect her name to Denise Richards, Denise Duhamel begins a journey that takes on celebrity, sex, reproduction, and religion with her characteristic wit and insight. The poems in Scald engage feminism in two ways—committing to and battling with—various principles and beliefs. Duhamel wrestles with foremothers and visionaries Shulamith Firestone, ... read more

When her “smart” phone keeps asking her to autocorrect her name to Denise Richards, Denise Duhamel begins a journey that takes on celebrity, sex, reproduction, and religion with her characteristic wit and insight. The poems in Scald engage feminism in two ways—committing to and battling with—various principles and beliefs. Duhamel wrestles with foremothers and visionaries Shulamith Firestone, ... read more

Music for a Wedding (Pitt Poetry Series)

Lauren Clark

Winner of the 2016 Donald Hall Prize in PoetryLauren Clark’s poems move lucidly, depicting beautiful struggles of distrust, dream, grief, and intimacy. They show such conflicts through entrancing narrative drive and song-like abandon. In their unpredictable, unforgettable language, they make pain a tonic for pleasure, sorrow ground for revelation. This is a book that is celebratory, gentle, an... read more

Winner of the 2016 Donald Hall Prize in PoetryLauren Clark’s poems move lucidly, depicting beautiful struggles of distrust, dream, grief, and intimacy. They show such conflicts through entrancing narrative drive and song-like abandon. In their unpredictable, unforgettable language, they make pain a tonic for pleasure, sorrow ground for revelation. This is a book that is celebratory, gentle, an... read more

Autobiography of a Wound (Pitt Poetry Series)

Brynne Rebele-Henry

Winner of the AWP 2017 Donald Hall Prize for PoetryIn ancient fertility carvings, artists would drill holes into the woman’s body to signify penetrability, which is the basis of Autobiography of a Wound: allowing those wounds and puncture marks to speak through the fertility figures. The wounds are chronicled through letters and poems addressed to F (F stands for the fertility carvings themsel... read more

Winner of the AWP 2017 Donald Hall Prize for PoetryIn ancient fertility carvings, artists would drill holes into the woman’s body to signify penetrability, which is the basis of Autobiography of a Wound: allowing those wounds and puncture marks to speak through the fertility figures. The wounds are chronicled through letters and poems addressed to F (F stands for the fertility carvings themsel... read more

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