Marissa Bell Toffoli

Author's Bio

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 (

Publications and Prizes

Conversations at the Wartime Cafe: A Decade of War 2001-2011
(CreateSpace USA, 2011)
, Flatmancrooked's Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics
(Flatmancrooked, 2010)
, Parting the Future
(California Poets in the Schools, 2011)
, What the World Hears
(California Poets in the Schools, 2009)
Allegheny Review, Beeswax Magazine, Catalyst, Exterminating Angel Press, Gone Lawn, Idiolexicon, Monday Night, RHINO, Softblow
Prizes Won: 
RHINO Founder's Prize for "Lacework" (2009)

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Danville, CA
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Last updated: Jul 02, 2012