Writer Marci Janas Rich has earned honors as varied as the Academy of American Poets College Prize; an honorable mention for poetry from The Abiko Quarterly for James Joyce Studies (Japan); a Voice of the Year Award (2012) from BlogHer; selection by The Huffington Post as writer of one of the top seven blogs for mid-lifers (2012); and an Excellence in Journalism award from the Press Club of Cleveland (2018)—evidence of her passion for poetry, essays, and journalism. She writes the award-winning local history feature series "Look Back, Elyria" for The Chronicle-Telegram, the daily newspaper of the town where she was born and raised. Much of her forthcoming book from the History Press, provisionally titled Growing Up in Elyria, is based on her series for the Chronicle.
Marci earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a creative writing specialization, from Oberlin College with highest honors. She has also studied with Dani Shapiro in her memoir-writing workshop at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. Marci is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Authors Guild, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Press Club of Cleveland, and Literary Cleveland. In 1985, as Marci Janas, Bottom Dog Press published Lights and Shadows, a chapbook of her poems.
In addition to her book for the History Press, Marci is working on a book of historical fiction and a memoir. She lives in Rocky River, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, with her husband.