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Marianne Manzler (she/her/hers) is the director of youth and community programs at Lighthouse. She directs Lighthouse's Young Writers Program (tuition-based classes, Young Authors Collective, and summer camps) and the adult community engagement programs Queer Creatives, Writing in Color, Writing with Cancer, and Friday 500. At Lighthouse, she gets to collaborate with a team of brilliant teacher-writers and instill the power of reading and writing in youth across Denver. Interested in learning more about Lighthouse's youth programming? Email [email protected]!

Marianne Manzler is a writer, educator, and arts manager from Ohio. After starting as a high school English teacher in New York City, Marianne has accumulated over ten years of experience of teaching and facilitating creative writing and literature classes and programs for youth and adult writers across the United States, Southeast Asia, and Europe. She earned a BA in English Literature from Ohio State and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, where she was supported by the Grace Milliman Pollock Fellowship. There, her passion for cultivating imagination and curiosity and building up communities of writers flourished. As a 2016 U.S. Fulbright scholar in Malaysia, she gained a global perspective on the limits and possibilities of educational systems. 

Marianne's writing has appeared in 5280, Fourth Genre, The Seventh Wave, among others, and her work has received financial support from Vermont Studio Center and Martha Vineyard's Institute for Creative Writing. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, where she was supported by the Grace Milliman Pollock Fellowship. She is at work on her first book of nonfiction. When out of the office, she loves trying her hand at gardening, cooking, DIY projects, and frolicking in the mountains with her pups.