BIOGRAPHY

Marion Constantinides first wrote and sketched as a child growing up in Pittsburgh, PA and Brooklyn, New York. She received her first recognition for her creativity when she won the New York City Schools Art Award and participated in her first art  exhibition in downtown Manhattan.

She was fourteen and a half when she moved to Cyprus with her family. She experienced culture shock but she learned to write about and sketch the sights and sounds of another country. Returning to Pittsburgh, Marion received a Bachelor degree in Studio Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Diploma in Layout and Production Art from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

In 2005, she earned a Master of Art degree in Writing Popular Fiction (with an emphasis on children’s and Young Adult books) at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Various regional and national art shows exhibited Marion’s mixed media drawings and collages.

In 1990 and in 1996, the PA Council on the Arts named her Artist-in-Residence; she has won other awards for her art. She teaches writing and art at many community colleges, art schools, and other non-credit programs.

She was Director of South Arts, a creative school for the arts in the Pittsburgh area. She also develops creative educational programs, workshops, and camps for children and adults and has worked with the blind and visually impaired utilizing alternative methods and tools for teaching writing.

Marion’s career includes working as freelance artist, editor, writer and literary agent. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and writes Young Adult novels and nonfiction work for elementary school children.  She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.

 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

BOOKS EDITED

Co-editor, Penn State University, College Prowler Series, 2005 Co-editor, University of Illinois, and Penn State University, College Prowler Series, 2005

America’s Bible of Democracy, SterlingHouse Publisher, 2005

Dancing the River Lightly, SterlingHouse Publisher, 2005

Double Move, SterlingHouse Publisher, 2005

BOOKS SOLD

A Star for Sylvie, by Lila Duckett, to Royal Fireworks Press

ARTICLES PUBLISHED

“Spiridon Loues and the First Modern Marathon.” ”http://“Spiridon Loues and the First Modern Marathon.” http://ezinearticles.com/?Spiridon-Loues-and-the-First-Modern-Marathon-Race&id=9390095
“Mercy Otis Warren, Second Class Citizen.” Mercy Otis Warren, Second Class Citizen.” http://ezinearticles.com/?Mercy-Otis-Warren,-Second-Class-Citizen&id=9231605

“Celebrate the Day of the Dead Just like They Do in Mexico.The-Day-of-the-Dead-Just-Like-They-Do-in-Mexico&id=9210347

“What’s in a Name, Anyway?”   Good Old Days, July/August, 2015

“Vacations are Made by Who You are With Not How Far You Go,” Friday, July 19, 2013, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Difficulties in Greece Resulted  in Reunion on  Pittsburgh Street,” Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Now That’s Bully!” April, 2011, Appleseeds Magazine

“Working Women: Realtors” Savvy Miss, Vol. I, 2006  www.http://www.savvymiss.com/career-advice/9-to-5-grind-archive

“Food Festivals: Communities Connecting” St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Ad Book, 2007

“Bradford County Where’s That?” Associated Content, August, 2007 www.associatedcontent.com/article

“God’s Lighthouse” St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Centennial, 2007

“5 Must-SeeHolidayMovies” Associated Content, November, 2007 www.associatedcontent.com/article

“One-of-a-Kind Wedding Reception Locations” Associated Content, February, 2008 www.associatedcontent.com/article

“Cheap Trip: Niagara Falls” Associated Content, April, 2008 www.associatedcontent.com/article

PROJECTS/EVENTS

www.Waffleshopbillboard.org  featuring Marion Constantinides’ narrative for experimental publishing system

BOOKS REVIEWED

Mellema, Valerie, The Professional Bartender’s Handbook. Atlantic Publishing Company:Florida, 2008

Peragrine, John, How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Wedding Consultant and Planning Business. Atlantic Publishing Company:Florida, 2008

Chatfield, T. Brian, The MySpace.com Handbook, the Complete Guide for Members and Parents. Atlantic Publishing Company: Florida, 2008 ,

CLIENTS

Education.com

SterlingHouse Publisher

The Literary Agency

Savvy Miss

College Prowler

Associated Content

Atlantic Publishing Company

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Wafffleshopbillboard.org

AWARDS/EXHIBITS

North Hills Regional Art Exhibit/Jurors Show

Wilkins Township Art Festival/Jurors Exhibit

Surtex Show/Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

Penn Hills Arts Festival/Jurors Show/Honorable Mention

Monroeville Arts Festival/Jurors Show/Honorable Mention

Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival/Jurors Show

Wings and Wildlife ‘91 The 9th Annual Bird Art Festival

Calligraphy Guild/Show of Hands

Exhibit One Woman Art Exhibit/Gallery Space

Southwestern PA Juried Art Exhibit Recipient

PA Council on the Arts/Arts in Education Fellowship

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MA Writing Popular Fiction, Seton Hill University

BA Studio Arts, University of Pittsburgh

Introduction to writing classes, Community College of Allegheny College, Pittsburgh, PA

Workshop for Writers, Community College of Allegheny College, Pittsburgh, PA

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Co-founder, Writers’ Group, Squirrel Hill Library, Pittsburgh, PA

Co-founder, writers’ critique groups, Pittsburgh, PA

Annual Conference, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Fall Festival of Children’s Books

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Member

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Participated in continuing education and professional development programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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