Marisa Kalil-Barrino on making it as a writer, being "the Black Carrie Bradshaw," and her dream party
"The writing industry still has a lot of old white men who are at the very top, and not Black women, Brown women, LGBTQ people, etc. I want those people all to be at the top. "
G: Why don't you just start by introducing yourself!
My name is Marisa. I was born in Detroit, but raised in the suburbs, then I moved back to Detroit as soon as I could. I have written for a bunch of publications, like Detroit magazines, and I'm also doing some freelance work in New York.
G: Would you consider yourself a writer, artist, or creative?
Mostly just a writer, but I've definitely done things in the sectors of public relations, copywriting, copy editing, social media, etc. I like telling stories through writing and giving people the chance to tell their stories. I specialize in storytelling because I write mostly about artists, events, profiles, people's work, and stuff like that.
H: What is the work that you feel most connected to or most proud of?
Definitely writing about various artists. I have done stories about makeup artists recently for Hour Detroit, and written stories about painters like Gisela McDaniel. She's a pretty well-known painter in Michigan, but she's kind of international. She actually recently painted me and I'm going to her exhibit in Boston where my painting's gonna be. I'm writing about her again, and I'm very excited.
I like to write about black and brown artists, LGBTQ, and disabled people- pretty much anyone who's marginalized. A lot of them are underground artists who I feel deserve to be recognized.