is a West coast-based writer, blogger, editor, journalist, and aspiring teacher.
Originally from suburban Chicago, she left the fast-paced city life and ventured to small town Forest City, Iowa, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Waldorf College with a B.A. in both English and Creative Writing and a B.S. in Secondary English Education with endorsements in Secondary Reading and Coaching.
Marisa has been published in both print and online. Her works can be found in Waldorf College’s Waldorf Literary Review, Loras College’s Catfish Creek, Clarke University’s Tenth Muse, and the Briar Cliff Review among other journals. She is also featured as the Waldorf College August 2014 Author of the Month.
As a blogger and freelance writer, Marisa’s work also appears on Thought Catalog, PuckerMob, Your Tango, and Lies About Parenting, among others. She also has a collection of published teaching articles and resources, which can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Marisa is a two-time winner of the Salveson Prize in Poetry, and a 2015 winner of the Salveson Prize in Prose. She writes high-quality, well-articulated work with vivid imagery in both professional and creative genres.
As a staff writer for multiple publications, Marisa has written news pieces, reviews, reports, and feature articles. During her years at Waldorf College she contributed to the school newspaper, Lobbyist. She was also a staff writer for the Waldorf Literary Review.
Currently, Marisa writes full time for Thought & Expression Company.
She also blogs on her personal education/teaching blog, Miss Donnelly’s Daily Apple as well as her health/fitness blog, Live Free Live Healthy. Her favorite work can be found on Twenty-Somethings, a blog dedicated to females in their twenties, or her personal blog, Word & Sole.