Marcas P. O’Dea is an award-winning freelance writer and author. He also works as a professional reader, and educator in philosophy, metaphysics, and creative writing.

He studied under renowned poet, essayist, and creative writing pedagogue, Jack Collom. He counts as his mentors and role models writer and television producer, Clyde Phillips (Suddenly Susan, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Dexter, Trapper John, Nurse Jackie, et al.) author Catherine Ryan Hyde (Pay it Forward, Electric God, Jumpstart the World), indie poet, author, and artist, Tim Z. Hernandez (Skin Tax, Breathing in Dust, Natural Takeover of Small Things), and fantasy author Carol Berg (Transformation, Revelation, Restoration).

He is a founding member of Colorado Humanities’ Writer in the Schools program and created and founded The Writers Salon (2000-2005), which was awarded an Excellence in Literary Education grant by the Boulder Arts Commission.

Marcas is a former editor for Freelance Writing Organization International, the Canada-based esoteric magazine, Spiral Nature, and Education Editor for The Good Men Project.

His work has appeared in The Bark, The Good Men Project, Global Refuge Stories, Higher Perspectives, Elephant Journal, New York Magazine, Over the Edge, Babel, Straylight Magazine, Harmony (part of the medical humanities program at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine), and Darker Times. His personal essay, Passing for Young-ish, published (under the pen name Christian M. Lyons) appears in Aging: An Apprenticeship, alongside authors Judy Blume, Andrew McCarthy, Gloria Steinem, Donald Hall, David Shields, Julie Gray, Ursula K. Le Guin, and others.

His screenplays have been considered by some of the thoroughbreds in the industry (James Cameron, Barry Sonnenfeld, Jim Carrey, Ryan Reynolds, and James Franco). Marcás has also written material for several national comedians and wrote and produced programming for public radio, television, and the stage.

He is a regular columnist for Rooster Magazine and a former staff writer with Ark Magazine (Arts & Culture).

Marcas is a graphic designer and artist specializing in working with writers, artists, actors, singers, comedians, DJ/Producers, and musicians/bands, for branding, marketing, and increasing their visibility and marketability. He holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from UCLA, and a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Communication from the University of Colorado.

He is a member of the Freelancer’s Union, Non-Fiction Authors Association, The Author’s Guild, Michigan Writers, and North Dakota NonFiction Writers, and is a Microsoft Certified Professional, Advanced Certified Paralegal, and certified professional resume writer.

He lives with his three dogs and a cat (who thinks she’s a dog) in North Dakota currently. Though he was born and spent his childhood in Lake Orion, MI, he also considers Boulder, CO, to be his hometown, as he resided there for more than 40 years.

Here are some other things you should know about him:

  • Does not get along with electricity of any kind…especially lightning.
  • Is a certified astrologer and a licensed, non-denominational minister.
  • Firmly believes it’s not hoarding if your stuff is cool.
  • Once endured 11 lumbar punctures (spinal taps) in a three-day period.
  • Has clinically “died” twice (but not because of the lumbar punctures).
  • Resides in a haunted historic building.
  • Is a paranormal investigator (and yes, he believes in ghosts).
  • Thinks growing old should take longer.
  • Enjoys being an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person).
  • Enjoys deep conversations about life, death, and humanity.

Classifications:

  • Gemini
  • INTJ
  • Enneagram 5w4

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