Marissa Antosh grew up in southwest Connecticut just over the border from New York State. An avid reader from the start, at age twelve her older sister’s boyfriend dubbed her “librarian.” She should’ve known then.
Marissa aspired to be a glassblower for many years, then decided she wanted to be a high school English teacher until taking a studio art class in college, which turned her on to bookbinding and mixed media art. Under the tutelage of a beloved art professor, her artwork has been exhibited from Long Island to Lithuania. She graduated from Stonehill College with a B.A. in English and Fine Art.
Like Amanda, Marissa was rather lost after college, but began volunteering at a library and found her calling. At present, she works in a public library and will graduate from Southern Connecticut State University in 2012 with her MLS. She is passionate about old and new books, paper, fabric, and yarn. Marissa found out about Amanda and DNBRD through a tweet by artist Jill Thompson and immediately took to the idea. Amanda and Marissa became friendly through Twitter and Amanda invited Marissa aboard in August 2011. They have never met in person.
Marissa hopes to continue working in the public library field, especially with young adults, and continue making art. Favorite authors include Henning Mankell, Maureen Johnson, Michael Northrop, Bill Bryson, Libba Bray, and Karin Fossum.