Marianna Boncek grew up in the Catskill Mountains where she learned to love for nature and the stars. She has studied a wide range of disciplines from the esoteric to the traditional. She holds a BA from Vermont College, an MA from Goddard College and is currently ABD and finishing her PhD at Union Institute and University. She has worked an extremely wide variety of jobs—claims processor, porcelain doll supply representative, gift shop owner and hospital medical records clerk, to name a few—and has spent the last 20 years as an high school English teacher.
She is an author and writes in several genres. Her two popular non-fiction works The Spooky Hudson Valley and Gone Missing in New York are published by Schiffer Books. Her young adult novel, Ajar, is published by Mélange Books. She has had two of her plays featured in the Hudson Valley Short Play Festival. Her poems have been published in several publications. She is a regular reader in Hudson Valley poetry venues. She loves to help aspiring writers.
Her hobbies include hiking, travelling and searching out the perfect bookstore. She currently lives in the Hudson Valley with her partner, Dave. They spend time researching lost local history: a passion they both share.