Marci Rich has published poetry, essays, and journalism, earning honors from organizations and publications as varied as the Academy of American Poets, The Abiko Quarterly for James Joyce Studies (Japan), BlogHer, and The Huffington Post. For two years running (2018 and 2019), she won awards in the Best Freelance Writer in Ohio category in The Press Club of Cleveland's All-Ohio Excellence in Journalism competition for her local history feature series, Look Back, Elyria, which she writes for The Chronicle-Telegram. The articles form the basis for her first book of nonfiction, Looking Back at Elyria: A Midwest City at Midcentury, forthcoming from The History Press in November 2019.
A graduate of Oberlin College, where she majored in English with a creative writing specialization, Marci also earned an Associate of Arts degree from Lorain County Community College. She studied memoir writing with Dani Shapiro at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Theta Kappa, the Authors Guild, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Press Club of Cleveland, Literary Cleveland, and the Lorain County Historical Society.
Writing as Marci Janas, a chapbook of her poems, Lights and Shadows, was published by Bottom Dog Press in 1985. After her remarriage in 2010, she started an acclaimed blog, The Midlife Second Wife. She lives in Avon, Ohio, with her husband and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
She is working on a novel.