Marisa is a storyteller/creative from Dallas, Texas. She has acted internationally and is a two-time KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominee. She performs spoken word poetry and competed in the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational in 2015.
Her first full-length book of poetry, girl becomes collateral // neurotica, advanced to the semi-finalist round for The University of Notre Dame's Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. The project combines two works, the first of which now stands alone as girl becomes collateral: a love story, as it recounts a relationship that unravels as loving someone with addictions becomes akin to addiction itself. The second work, neurotica, details depression and hypomania and explores the destruction and beauty in both. Marisa's manuscript butterfly bombs, an examination of Latinidad as a first-generation-college student, was a finalist in Thoughtcrime Press’s 2017 Lorien Prize competition. She is a Contributing Poet for Mad Swirl and has had poems published in Crab Fat Magazine, Red Savina Review, Hold the Line, Vagabond City Lit, Open Minds Quarterly, St. Sucia zine, and more.
She seeks to create work that balances as much as it deconstructs. Her writing inhabits the middle ground, the cusp, the contrast. Her frequent themes range from mental health and addiction to latinx-identity to education to queer sexuality and gender fluidity. She is currently editing her fourth chapbook, reconquista, which explores time, heritage, queerness, and mental health through the imagery of the Southwest and ghost-roots of Native American ancestry.
In addition to submitting all four of her poetry chapbooks for publication, Marisa is returning to performance and is actively seeking representation in the Chicago area and beyond, as she is able and willing to travel.
You can find her on Instagram or YouTube @marisaadameofficial, and on her official Facebook page.
She is grateful for you and for all that you’ve come through.