Marissa Landrigan


MFA, Creative Writing & Environment, Iowa State University, May 2011

Concentrations: Creative Nonfiction, Sustainable Food Systems

Nonfiction Thesis: The Vegetarian’s Guide to Eating Meat

BA, Writing, Ithaca College, May 2005

Concentration: Creative Nonfiction

Minors: Sociology, Anthropology

Honors and Awards

  • Top Prof Award, Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Fort Hays State University, April 2012
  • General Contributor, Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, August 2010
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University, April 2010
  • Dark Horse Award for Promise in Creative Writing, Iowa State University, April 2009
  • Flyway Home Voices Award, Iowa State University, January 2009
  • Golden Key International Honor Society, Iowa State University, December 2008-present
  • Lee Gutkind Master Class, Ithaca College, April 2005


Creative Nonfiction


  • Freelance reporter for Ventura County Reporter and Ventana Monthly, 2007, specializing in arts, entertainment, local news and culture writing. Wrote event features, author interviews, music reviews, and art reviews.
  • Freelance magazine writer and newspaper reporter in Bozeman, Montana, 2005-2007, specializing in arts and culture, and outdoor recreation. Wrote for such news outlets as Positive News, U.S. Edition, and glossy magazines such as Off the Grind, and Outside Bozeman.
  • Freelance newspaper reporter, New Hampshire, 2001-2004. Wrote for such publications as The Nashua Telegraph.

Peer-Reviewed Critical Analysis

  • “The Bread Rises Like a Voice: the Intersection of Food, Gender, and Place in the Writing of Sheryl St. Germain,” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, forthcoming

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown, August 2012

  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing, Spring 2013
  • Creative Nonfiction Writing, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
  • Introduction to Professional Writing, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
  • Composition I, Fall 2012

Assistant Professor, Fort Hays State University, August 2011-May 2012

  • Professional Editing, Spring 2012
  • World Literature & The Human Experience, Spring 2012
  • Introduction to Fiction, Fall 2011
  • English Composition II, Fall 2011-Spring 2012
  • English Composition I, Fall 2011

Graduate Student Instructor, Iowa State University, August 2008-May 2011

  • Introduction to Creative Writing, teaching assistant to Prof. Dean Bakopoulos, Spring 2011
  • Honors Composition: Self & The Environment, Fall 2010
  • Eco-Composition, Spring 2010-Summer 2010
  • Critical Thinking & Communication II, Spring 2009-Fall 2009
  • Critical Thinking & Communication I, Fall 2008-Summer 2009

Tutor, Huntington Learning Center, Ventura CA, 2007

  • SAT/ACT Coordinator and Tutor

Ithaca College, 2004-2005

  • Assistant to the Director, Writing Department Internship Program, Sept. 2004-May 2005
  • Teaching Assistant, Writing Department, Sept. 2004-May 2005
  • Writing Consultant, Department of Internet Technology, Jan. 2004-May 2005


  • University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown, November 2012
  • excerpt from “Elk Country,” PEN Center USA, The Rogue Room recording series, Los Angeles, October 2012
  • “Guts,” PEN Center USA, Dirty Laundry Lit Reading Series, Los Angeles, October 2012
  • “The West in Four Genres,” Western Literature Association, Missoula, October 2011


  • “We Meat Again: Activist Writing & Becoming Un-Vegetarian,” Mortar Board Gold Cord Lecture Series, Fort Hays State University, Hays, November 2011
  • “Creative ReUse: Art & Writing from the Marginalized Environmental Imagination,” American Society for Literature and the Environment, Bloomington, July 2011
  • “Word as Weapon: Boundary-Crossing by Dismantling Hierarchies in Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge and Arundhati Roy’s The Cost of Living,” College English Association, San Antonio, March 2010
  • “Pink Collars: Gender, Class & the Workplace,” Eastern Sociological Society, New York, April 2004


University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown, August 2012-present

  • Curriculum Development: designed and proposed new courses in Literary Journalism and Writing for Digital Media, including syllabi development, for English Writing major
  • Member, Humanities Writing Awards Committee
  • Member, Gologonooza Student Play Festival Judging Committee

Fort Hays State University, August 2011-May 2012

  • Chair, Post Parade committee: responsible for student production of English department alumni newsletter including story idea generation, planning and drafting stories, guiding students in writer/editor relationships, layout and design.
  • Chair, Hays Arts Council Creative Writing Contest committee

Iowa State University, March 2008-May 2011

  • Member, Stewardship Committee, Everett Casey Nature Center & Reserve

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