MA in American Studies, Florida State University
BA in English, minor in Women's Studies, University of Cincinnati
Marissa McNamara holds an MA in American Studies and is an Associate Professor of English at the Clarkston Campus of Perimeter College of Georgia State University. In addition to serving as the editor for the 21st edition of The Polishing Cloth, she is a reader for The Chattahoochee Review. Her contributions to supporting creative writing at the college include work on the Coffee Shop reading series and the poetry slam.
She teaches and tutors in men’s and women’s prisons in the Atlanta area.
Her work has appeared in creative journals including The Cortland Review, RATTLE, Ninepatch, A Creative Journal for Women and Gender Studies, and New Purlieu Review.
- Recognitions and Awards
Governor's Teaching Fellow, 2004
Outstanding Woman Leader Award, 2014
- Committees and Organizations
Reader for The Chattahoochee Review
The Polishing Cloth (Assistant Editor for 20th and 22nd edition, Editor for 21st edition)
English Composition 1101/1102 Curriculum Committee
National Council for Teachers of English
Two Year College English (TYCA)
Common Good Atlanta (teach and tutor in Georgia prisons)
Speaker for National Eating Disorders Association
Poetry in various publications including RATTLE, The Cortland Review, Ninepatch: A Creative Journal for Women and Gender Studies, New Purlieu Review, Assisi, and StorySouth.