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Meet Marie

Marie Marquardt is an award-winning author of fiction for young adults. Her books have been called “poignant,” “eye-opening,” “achingly beautiful and real.” They have earned many awards and commendations, including BEA Buzz Books, Books all Young Georgians Should Read, and the CLASP Américas Commendation. Her novels also have been shortlisted for several state book awards, including the South Carolina Young Adult Book Award and the Missouri Gateway Readers Award. Her novel Does My Body Offend You? (co-authored with Mayra Cuevas) was long listed for the 2023 PEN/Faulkner Award. 

In addition to writing fiction for young adults, Marie has published many articles and co-authored two non-fiction books about Latin American immigration to the U.S. South. She has been interviewed about her research, writing, and advocacy on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and BBC America, among many other media outlets. 

“Marquardt once again writes a touching and authentic exploration of immigration, love, and loss.”
—Kirkus Review,
Flight Season


When she’s not writing, Marie manages a busy household in Decatur, Georgia with her spouse, four kids, several chickens, a dog, and a bearded dragon. She is a proud co-founder of El Refugio, a non-profit that supports detained immigrants, asylum seekers, and their families. She also has served on the founding board of directors of Novelly, a non-profit that amplifies the voices of diverse youth through publishing and leadership training. Marie is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where she can occasionally be found teaching graduate courses.

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