Marissa Bell Toffoli works as a poetry teacher with California Poets in the Schools, and as an editor for UC Berkeley. She has previously read submissions for Zoetrope: All-Story. She attended UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) and holds a BA in English. Marissa earned an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts (CCA) where she focused her work on poetry. At CCA, Marissa was the Editor for Transmission, a website of student and alumni work, as well as Distribution Manager and Poetry Board Member for Eleven Eleven, a journal of literature and art. For the national Poetry Out Loud competition, Marissa has coached students and been a judge for school-wide competitions. She has been invited back annually as a writing judge for student recognition projects in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, and has also been a returning poetry judge for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) Book of the Year Awards. In 2010, Marissa began publishing interviews with writers online at Words With Writers (http://wordswithwriters.com).
Publications and Prizes
Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War 2001-2011 (CreateSpace USA, 2011), Parting the Future (California Poets in the Schools, 2011), Flatmancrooked's Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics (Flatmancrooked, 2010), What the World Hears (California Poets in the Schools, 2009)