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About Marina

Marina is a freelance writer, editor, and tutor.  She works as the in-house Upper School Writing Tutor at Sidwell Friends School, in Washington, D.C..  She also tutors students of all ages (K-adult) at schools and homes in the D.C. Metro area, covering history, algebra, geometry, basic science, Spanish, French, organization, English as a Second Language, beginning literacy, and college application essays, among other subjects.

Marina has taught creative writing workshops for the D.C. branch of Writopia and 10th-grade English and U.S. History at the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, in Rockville, Maryland. She tutored at Potomac Tutors, in Potomac, Maryland, and also worked as the company’s office manager.

When she lived in Baltimore, Marina mentored refugee youth through an International Rescue Committee and American Red Cross pilot program, and she worked on reading skills with students at Baltimore’s Highlandtown Elementary School.

Marina has her M.A. and B.A. in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University.  Her writing has been published by the Washington City PaperSmithsonian.comCNN.comEducation WeekMcSweeney’s, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and she has appeared as a guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

Marina lives with her husband and their daughter in Washington, D.C.


  • You can find a formal bio and materials for the press on the Press Kit page.
  • Marina will be signing books at various upcoming festivals. See the Appearances page for details.