Melody J. Overstreet is an Iranian-American poet, artist, printer, and educator. She double majored in Studio Art and Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she focused on Printmaking, Public Art, and Peace Studies. She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally, with her most recent series landing at the Rui Cunha Foundation in collaboration with the Yun Yi Arts and Cultural Communications Association in Macau, China. Her work has been featured in publications inclusive of Seed Broadcast, Inverness Almanac, and Chinquapin Quarterly. She was instrumental in initiating Santa Monica College’s Organic Learning Garden, a space for cross-curricular engagement, the hands-on growing of food, seed saving, and community building.
Overstreet is based in Santa Cruz, California where she is a teacher of Book Arts, mentor to students and advisor to garden, environmental, and community involvement committees. She is a Master Gardener of California and certified California Naturalist through CNP and UCSC's Arboretum. She has worked with her students and colleagues to develop a rooftop garden featuring edible, medicinal, and dye plants for deepening consciousness of the ways in which plants and their pollinators are interwoven in and sustain our tenuous lives. Her educational approach emphasizes the importance of connection to our origins through place, community, and seeds.