Mary Ann Domanska is a 2nd grade teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, where she has taught for the past fifteen years. Mary Ann earned a B.F.A. in Performing Arts with a minor in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. There, she studied with the notable Latino poet, Martín Espada, and with Kristin Linklater, author of Freeing the Natural Voice. She spent her early career in Los Angeles where she held various positions in the entertainment industry including as a script reader for MGM Studios and as an assistant at the International Documentary Association (IDA) in Hollywood. She earned an M.Ed in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College in 2001. She attended The Creative Writing Institute at Arcadia University where she completed her middle grade novel, Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer, which was released in December, 2016, through Mnemosyne Books. She published an article in the SCBWI Bulletin (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) entitled, Writing a Middle Grade Novel? Talk to an Expert. Talk to a ‘Tween! She published a collection of poetry entitled Unraveled through Moonstone Arts Center She performs locally at Stagecrafters Theatre in Chestnut Hill. She is on the board of MAAG (Mt. Airy Art Garage) and founded/hosted The Swerve, a monthly open mic poetry event (2014-2015).
Emic Rizzle is a tenacious girl interested in taking objects apart and making them better. Unfortunately her life is unraveling at a faster pace than she can repair: her beloved grandfather passes away; her parents need to move to a different state; she may lose old friends; and the kids at the new school think she's weird. But nothing is stranger than discovering her grandfather was a spy and that the antique camera found among his belongings might hold a secret that could change the world.
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