Who is Cassie Mainiero?

Born in Northern New Jersey, Mainiero is a writer, whose experience ranges from military journalism, speeches, and technical summaries to lyric poetry, analytical essays on Chaucer, holiday cards, and pet adoption profiles.

She received her B.A. in English from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA (2013) and an MFA in Writing (Poetry) from Vermont College of Fine Arts (2016). Her critical writing has been featured in Sigma Tau Delta’s Mind Murals (2013) and presented at Moravian College’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference. Her creative writing has been published in magazines, including Mind Carpenter (2009), Tributary Magazine (2010, 2013), and the New Jersey Journal of Poets (2016). Meanwhile, her journalism has been in The Picatinny Voice, (2012-2016) the U.S. Army’s AMC Today Magazine (2016), and AL&T Magazine (2015-2016.)

Currently, she is seeking ways to expand her portfolio and write about child and adult literacy as well as art education, which Mainiero argues are the foundations to a successful and compassionate society.  Questions such as “what impedes our ability to learn language?” (learning disabilities, cultural issues, etc);  “how can we save art education? (writing, painting, music, etc.); “how does language influence one’s self-identity and connection to society?” are just some questions that Mainiero explores.

In her spare time, she is working on her first poetry collection, tutors ESL students, teaches kickboxing to children and adults, and walks her rescue dog, Dewey.