From The Blog:

Testimonials

  1. "Marisa is an inspiration and a talent. Her words are eloquent and universal. She has a way of making you feel like you can relate in every piece. Not only her blog posts, but her poetry. She is passionate about what she does and passionate about connecting with her readers. That genuine energy makes a huge difference and sets her apart in the literary community."

    Elizabeth Newman (Author of Hope Between Heartbeats)

  2. "Donnelly is a terrific, maturing writer, and her creative efforts have a vigor that is inescapable. She has a vision of worldly experience and truth that resonates on each line."

    Kyle Torke (Professor & Author of Sunshine Falls)

  3. "Several of her poems touched me. I am a big Mary Oliver fan and have several of her books on my shelf and maybe a half dozen by other poets and Donnelly's book is going on that shelf of keepers, on poetry books that I re-read and refer to...that inspire me to make a piece of art or share with a friend. "Run Wild With Me", "Sixteen", and "This You Must Learn Young" were among my favorites. I hope that she continues to write poetry of this caliber."

    Kathy Duffy (Lead Critic at Goodreads)

  4. "I am not a huge poetry fan, but Marisa's collection, Somewhere On A Highway, blew me away. It's absolutely amazing and haunting. The feelings this work stirred in my heart shocked me and brought me to tears several times. If you love poetry this is a MUST— if you do not— you MUST give this one a read! "Iowa Stars" and "Run Wild with Me" are worth the entire book. Simply Amazing."

    Alana Haase (Author of Woman at the Well)

  5. "Marisa was my editor for almost a year and I worked with her one-on-one. As someone who pretty much didn’t have an idea about the publishing industry, Marisa helped me figure out who I wanted to become as a writer.
    She has the talent and skills to give feedback about your writing constructively. She’s very knowledgeable in guiding you to find your voice and your style. She points out something in your writing that you need to work on and you’ll eventually realize that her suggestions are accurate. I had so many mistakes as a writer that I would never have learned if Marisa didn’t point them out — she’s honestly that great.
    Not many people know this but her academic background was stellar; she graduated college with flying colors and that’s a clear proof that she’s competent. She will deliver whatever it is that you asked from her and she will exceed your expectations. That’s what I learned after working with her almost every single day."

    Angelo Caerlang (Author of Sparks In Broken Lights)