Marianna Boncek is an English teacher, author, and poet. She grew up in the Sullivan County Catskills and is a recent transplant to the Hudson Valley. She has a particularly keen interest in "lost" local history. Her two books Gone Missing in New York and The Spooky Hudson Valley were published by Schiffer Publications. Her poems have appeared in The Waywanda Review, The River Reporter, Home Planet News and Lifeblood. She is a member of the Goat Hill poets.