Melissa Mead (1967-2022) had more than 80 publications in magazines and anthologies, plus one novel, Between Worlds (2005). She had cerebral palsy, and was a dedicated advocate for the rights of the disabled. She worked for a time at Clover Patch in New York, a summer camp for individuals with disabilities. She later attended SUNY Albany, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She was a founding member of the Carpe Libris writing group, and a familiar figure at conventions.