Marissa Higgins

Writer and Editor in Washington, DC

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Marissa Higgins (she/her) is a lesbian writer and editor. Her essay on food, poverty, and grief, which originally appears in Catapult, is anthologized in the Best American Food Writing 2018. She's a 2020 recipient of a D.C. artist grant for her nonfiction. She is working on a novel.

She is a staff writer at Daily Kos, where she covers progressive politics. Previously, she was an editor of Green Matters, an environmental news site, and prior to that, a writer for Bustle in the Lifestyle section and covered LGBTQ issues for the Daily Dot.

Her essays and reported features explore queer issues, women's health, poverty, and popular science. Her work appears in The Atlantic, Salon, The Washington Post, Slate, NPR, Complex, Pacific Standard, Vice, Refinery29, Folks, and elsewhere.

Her poetry appears in Apogee, Bone Bouquet, Softblow, Camus, Noble/Gas Quarterly, and other journals.

Kathleen Dunn of WPR hosted Marissa as a guest speaker in her talk show, The Kathleen Dunn Show, where they discussed her experiences with poverty and food insecurity. Prior, Marissa also participated in a HuffPost Live segment on the housing discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community.

She's been lucky enough to receive scholarships to participate in writing workshops at both Grubstreet and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also received a grant for the Vermont Studio Center residency.

You can reach her via email at [email protected]

  • Work
    • Green Matters
  • Education
    • Bridgewater State University