MaryGabrielle hails from Solebury, PA, where she spent her childhood reading every fantasy novel available to her and subsequently play-acting scenes from those books in her backyard with her younger sister. (Harry Potter duels were their favorite.)
She is a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University, where she studies the relationship between literature, psychology, and ethical development. Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program, she obtained her Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and worked as a research assistant in early childhood literacy. In addition to her research background, MG has extensive teaching and tutoring experience, having most recently served as a Teaching Fellow for a course on fairy tales and fantasy literature, as well as a class on writing development. She is featured in The Boston Globe’s article, “How children’s literature became everybody’s literature,” and corresponding podcast, “Child’s Play.” MG holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College in English literature. She also performed in an a cappella group and various musical theatre productions, and wrote her award-winning thesis on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and British Edwardian children's literature.
MG has worked in both her high school and college Writing Centers, and also as a private elementary school and SAT tutor. She is also writing two children's books. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, cooking, and watching the New York Mets dominate.