melissa kandel // founder + author

Melissa is the founder and author of little word studio. A native of New York, Melissa now lives in Newport Beach, California. She wrote her first story at the age of nine, (something about evil witches and shoelaces), and has been writing ever since, earning a B.A. from Columbia University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Melissa is a big fan of avocados and her crooked-eared little dog, Austin.

rachel landen // music contributor

Rachel, a contributor to little word studio, considers herself part William Miller and part Penny Lane. Though she’s written about topics like healthcare policy and quarterly financial statements, she’d rather pen pieces on music and the people who make it. Also a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School, Rachel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where the tea is sweet and there’s bluegrass every week.