Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela Guest Lecturer

Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela’s poetry and prose has been recognized by The Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook and others, and can be found in print and online. She is a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow and the editor of their annual anthology for that year, is a member of the Rogue Poetry Workshop, and is the organizer of a quarterly literary salon, still untitled, in West Philadelphia. She is the founder and primary obsessor at Thread Makes Blanket press, which publishes a range of historical and creative work including Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the Vona/Voices Writing Workshop. As part of her teaching at Community College of Philadelphia, Marissa teaches in Philadelphia jails. For more information go to