Melody J. Overstreet is a poet, artist, printer, and educator. She holds a degree in Studio Art and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she focused on Printmaking, Public Art, and Peace Studies. Her work has been exhibited locally as well as internationally, and has also 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 currently based in Santa Cruz, California where she is a teacher and mentor to students in Book Arts, as well as an educator as part of Santa Cruz Kids in Nature (KIN). She offers occasional workshops through Cabrillo College Extension, UCSC, The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, and The UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden. She is a certified California Naturalist through CNP and UCSC's Arboretum and has worked with her students and colleagues to develop gardens 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 artwork and her educational approach emphasize the importance of connection to our origins through place, community, and plants.