I’m Marisa. Friends and family call me Mar, Starbucks employees erroneously call me Marissa, and the French call me Mareezah.

I’m 22 years old.

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and am currently based in New York City, pursuing a Master of Science at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. (For a short while, I lived in Aix-en-Provence, France, but that’s another story.)

I believe that: (1) language is the most powerful tool we have; (2) there is no quality more admirable than bravery; (3) the best is yet to come.

This blog contains my journalism, creative non-fiction, short fiction, and travel blog. My work has been featured in Joyland, Untethered, CAROUSEL, and the Canadian Journal for Undergraduate Research (CJUR), among others.


Coulton, Marisa. “Ocean-Bound.” Untethered Literary Magazine, 3.1, August 2016, pp. 23-26. Print. https://alwaysuntethered.com/excerpts/vol-3-1/ .


Coulton, Marisa. “Leo’s Sin.” Joyland Literary Magazine, June 2016, http://www.joylandmagazine.com/regions/toronto/leos-sin.


Coulton, Marisa. “The Study-Abroaders.” Carousel Literary Magazine 41, January 2019, pp. 37-39. Print.


Coulton, Marisa.Bangladesh’s Unlikely Attainment of the 4th Millennium Development Goal(forthcoming). The Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research (CJUR).