Marina Aris is a native New Yorker and author of the forthcoming memoir, Running Into The Night. Marina spent her childhood years in the care of strangers, and two years in the care of her mentally disturbed mother.
Since 2007, she has spoken publicly about the adversity she experienced in childhood, and has presented at Columbia University and the Hunter College School of Social Work. As a former member of Toastmasters International, she won several awards and honors for speaking out about: child abuse, foster care system reform and overcoming adversity.
In addition to writing, speaking and advocating for youth in care, Marina is the founder of the Brooklyn Writers Project, and Avantham, a creative inspiration e-zine. She is also a team member at DartFrog Books, an organization whose mission it is to evaluate, select and distribute the best self-published books to independent bookstores.