Marina DelVecchio is a former high school English teacher with ten years’ teaching experience in literature, creative and formal writing, and grammar. With a BA and an MS in English studies, Ms. DelVecchio completed thirty credits towards her Doctorate at St. John’s University in New York, specializing in Gender Studies, 19th and 20th Century American Literature, and Feminist Criticism. Her studies were placed on temporary hold when she moved to North Carolina with her husband and two small children in 2007. She is looking forward to finishing her degree.
When not working on her studies or writing, Ms. DelVecchio attempts to remain in the work field by teaching as an adjunct Professor. She held an adjunct position at Old Westbury SUNY in Long Island for two years, teaching expository writing, grammar, and research skills as well as literary analysis courses titled Literature and Liberation and Psychological Themes in Literature. She has been teaching English Composition and Literature-Based Research as an Instructor at Durham Technical Community College in North Carolina since August 2007. In 2010, she received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the College and awarded a grant to attend the NCTE’s annual conference in Composition.
A passionate, dedicated and prolific writer, she has completed two manuscripts on mother-daughter dynamics and has written over five articles on parenting, empowering teenaged girls, and women’s issues for submission to consumer magazines. She is a contributing writer and Editor for the WM Parenting Connection, and has had her writing featured on She Writes, BlogHer, EzineArticles, The New Agenda, and Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents.
In 2010 an excerpt from Drowning Squirrels and a magazine feature article she wrote about sexualized representations of little girls were both awarded prizes by the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.
She is presently conducting research for her next book, and is submitting excerpts of her work and articles into writing contests for publication.