Although Mel has been in the creative field for several years, she is placed in the newer generation of writers emerging from Mozambique. Her debut poems book was released in 2017 (Fundação Fernando Leite Couto), and has been ever since published in anthologies both in her home country and abroad (South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, etc). Covid-19 put on hold plans of publishing a second book in Brasil “Nyabetse de Vidro” and a third in Mozambique “Palavras em Fuga”.
Her work has been object of study at primary, secondary and tertiary level schools in Mozambique and Brasil, has been made into theater pieces, transformed into music and interpreted through dance.
Mel is a founder of all female pluri-arts collective Art&Acção, a space where artists create together, provoque debates and do social artivism, exploring the different resources they represent and posess.
Additionally to writing poetry, Mel is a musician (piano player and singer) and works at Xiluva Artes School, an Arts School established by herself, where she focuses on working with children, especially children with autism.