Marissa Walsh

Marissa Walsh is the author of the sort-of memoir GIRL WITH GLASSES (Simon and Schuster) and the sort-of YA novel A FIELD GUIDE TO HIGH SCHOOL (Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books); the co-author of the possible cult classic TIPSY IN MADRAS: (Perigee/Penguin); and the editor of the YA anthologies NOT LIKE I’M JEALOUS OR ANYTHING (Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books) and DOES THIS BOOK MAKE ME LOOK FAT? (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Her shorter work has been published in a random assortment of places: The Awl (RIP!); English Journal; Identity Theory; SMITH Magazine (not affiliated with the college!); INVISION Magazine, where she was a writer and the (eyeglass) frames reviewer for two years; and in her self-published print zine, Indignant Gingham.

She was an editor at Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books for many years, and also worked on the other side as a literary agent, and on the other, other side as a bookseller (at the amazing, but sadly defunct, Mobile Libris). She has also taught writing classes at Gotham Writers’ Workshop and North Shore Community College (MA), and organized book fairs, writers’ conferences and special events at the (former) Small Press Center/New York Center for Independent Publishing.

Marissa has read and hosted readings at various venues in New York City. She’s also worked in politics, and as a terrible (terrible!) waitress.

She currently serves on the board of My Brother’s Table, a soup kitchen in Lynn, Massachusetts.

What was your favorite book as a child?

I loved Charlotte’s Web and Anne of Green Gables; all of Judy Blume and M. E. Kerr; Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and Encyclopedia Brown mysteries; Richard Scarry; and Pippi Longstocking!

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is chocolate, but ice cream comes in a close second, and I ate a lot of ice cream (as research, of course) for One Scoop or Two!




Art Process:

Forthcoming books:

One Scoop or Two? (And Other Ice Cream Questions), Union Square & Co./Sterling, 2023

Published books:

-Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? (editor), Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, 2008
-A Field Guide to High School, Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books, 2007
· A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age 2008
-Girl with Glasses: My Optic History, Simon Spotlight Entertainment/Simon and Schuster, 2006
· A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age 2007
-Not Like I’m Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book (editor), Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books, 2006
· A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age 2007
-Tipsy in Madras: A Complete Guide to 80s Preppy Drinking (co-authored), Perigee/Penguin, 2004
· Boston Globe bestseller


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Awards and honors:

NYPL Best Teens Book List, 2007
Selected as one of 5 Japanese artists to meet Japanese Prime Minister Abe, 2015

Available for School Visits:

I love speaking to classes and student groups. I am currently developing a Make-Your-Own-Zine Workshop for ages 12 and up!