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Marisa

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Marisa mostly grew up in Ohio, but has been in the Madison area for longer than she’s lived anywhere else. She’s married to a patient and inspiring guy named Matt, and is mom to one son (May 2015) and one daughter (November 2017). Her undergraduate degree is in journalism, and she received her master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison. After working as a librarian for several years, she’s returning to her first loves—writing and editing. Aside from family and work, Marisa fills her time with yoga, travel, and effusively praising her rescue mutt, Chester. She dreams of one day having a pack of large dogs slobbering all over her house.

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