Marisa Russello

Marisa Russello is a writer, editor, mental health advocate & teacher.

I dictated my first book to my mom at age five when I had a crush on my best friend, Alex. I titled the story "I Love You, Alex" and featured a protagonist named Maria, which I believed was an excellent disguise for my own name, Marisa.

From the earliest time I picked up a pencil, I enjoyed scribbling on blank paper, whether drawing the next Picasso or imagining I was writing words. I've loved writing ever since, and my big dream became to publish a NYT Bestseller. (How hard could it be?)

Today, I'm passionate about connecting with people through language and in a variety of other ways. This site focuses on my writing—both fiction and nonfiction—and editing. To find out about my other work, please visit my delightful LinkedIn page.

Marisa as a child writer with a pen in her mouth and feet up on a desk.
Marisa Russello wearing a jean jacket.

Unfortunately, I believed people when they said writing was a hobby, not a “real job” like dog whisperer, instead of believing in myself. I let others make decisions for me, and I lost sight of my goals. Because of this, I took a long break from creative writing during college and my time working as a NYC public school teacher.

After experiencing a major turning point in my life in 2017 and reflecting, I realized what’s most important to me, aside from putting lemon juice on absolutely everything. Now I’m finally prioritizing my writing by working on a memoir. Words can influence people in powerful ways, and I’d like to make an impact on others with mine.

Latest Posts

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My Rapid Rise to Substack Stardom: A Billion Subscribers in Six Days

Hi Kidney Beanies!  I cannot believe how my Substack newsletter has grown. I still remember struggling to reach that 100-subscriber milestone—until I found that gold mine of an email list from organizing our 20th high school reunion. (Go Squirrels!) But with a lot of persistence and A LOT of Adderall, my Substack has flourished.  It…

Yellow book cover of Pharmakon against a light blue background.

Pharmakon: Book Review

Four thousand miles, an ocean, and a sea between us, Mallorcan writer Almudena Sánchez and I live with the same invisible illness: depression. Or, as she describes the condition, “Nightmares, if they happen at night and in bed, are bearable. What’s unbearable is for them to occur in the world of our five senses.” Although…

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Real People Real Stories

At Ancram Center for the Arts in the Hudson Valley, I was honored to share my experience learning how other people’s perspectives can change the course of someone’s life as part of Real People Real Stories (RPRS) fall 2023 season. RPRS is a storytelling event similar to The Moth where stories are told, not read.…

Of Mice and Mental Health

Demystifying and reimagining mental health. And mice memes.