Marianela is a Dominican writer and licensed professional counselor with a PhD in psychology. She offers workshops and readings in various venues in Connecticut and other parts of the country. In her workshops, she combines literature, psychology, and her research on the Sacred Feminine to help others find new ways of knowing the wholeness of being human.
She has published the following poetry books: Oficio de Vivir (1986), Los Alegres Ojos de la Tristeza (1987), Regando Esencias/The Scent of Waiting (1998) and Curada de Espantos (2002). Her work also appears in literary magazines such as Brooklyn Review (1995), Punto 7 Review (1996), Callaloo (2000), and anthologies including Sisters of Caliban (1996) and The Afro-Latin@ Reader (2010), among many others.