Marion Agnew lives and writes in Shuniah, Ontario, near Thunder Bay in Robinson-Superior Treaty territory, home to the Anishinaabe and Métis peoples. Her debut novel, Making Up the Gods, is forthcoming with Latitude 46 Publishing in October, 2023. A collection of personal essays, Reverberations: A Daughter's Meditations on Alzheimer's, was released by Signature Editions in October, 2019, and was shortlisted for the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in literary journals in the U.S., Canada, and online, and have received support from the Ontario Arts Council. Her short nonfiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and a National Magazine Award. She is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada.
She also studied American Sign Language and interpreting at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins and Westminster, Colorado.
She has worked as an administrator for a federal science improvement grant, a writer-editor, a science education specialist, a senior editor for a publishing company, and as a freelance writer. Her employers have included Los Alamos National Laboratory and Duke Communications International (now Penton Technology Media); she has freelanced for software and craft magazine publishers, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions.
At various times in her career, she has been a member of the Society for Technical Communication, the Editorial Freelancers Association, and the Professional Writers Association of Canada. She currently belongs to The Writer's Union of Canada, the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop, and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society.