is a Midwest-born, West Coast-based writer, poet, essayist, blogger, and aspiring teacher working as a full-time Staff Writer and Editor/Producer for Thought & Expression Co.
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.
She has since relocated to sunny San Diego, California.
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 on the Waldorf Literary Review website and the Waldorf College Writer of the Month.
As a blogger and freelance writer, Marisa’s work also appears on PuckerMob, Your Tango, Lies About Parenting, and The Mind’s Journal, 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 was also nominated as one of the ‘Best Female Relationship Writers of 2018.’
Donnelly 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.
Whether you are looking for a freelance writer to help your business grow, a teacher/tutor that is student-centered and motivated, or for other employment opportunities, please fill out the contact form below and Marisa will respond as soon as possible.