Marianne Mersereau is a writer and artist currently residing in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up in Appalachia and graduated from the University of Virginia's College at Wise. While at UVA Wise, she received the Lois Lowry Award for Superior Achievement in Language Arts and Children's Literature and taught these subjects and others for a decade. She received her Master of Arts degree from Seattle University in 1989. She is the author of two books: "Timbrel" a chapbook of narrative poetry selected as a semi-finalist in the Finishing Line Press 2012 New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition, and a children's picture book, "The Green Lake Gifting Game" which was released May 2014. Marianne is a performer of modern, folk, and sacred/liturgical dance, and enjoys gardening and floral design.