In addition to her new children’s book, The Woodpecker’s Song, Marnie O. Mamminga is the author of Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts and On a Clear Night: Essays from the Heartland.  

Her first book, Return to Wake Robin, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, was chosen as one of Parade Magazine’s best reads for summer 2012, and was featured on the popular Wisconsin Public Radio Chapter a Day program both in 2013 and again in 2023.  Return to Wake Robin also won the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award for memoir among other recognitions.

Mamminga’s second book, On A Clear Night: Essays from the Heartland inspired numerous outstanding reviews including this one from Project MUSE and the Middle West Review of University of Nebraska Press:

Her recently released children’s book, The Woodpecker’s Song, illustrated by Mary C. Parks, a state and nationally recognized art educator, is the first in their Finding Wisdom in Nature Series.

As a professional essayist and features writer for more than 30 years, Mamminga has been published in a variety of areas including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Detroit Free Press Magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, Midwest Prairie Review, and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. For several years, she was also a columnist for the Daily Herald Newspaper, suburban Chicago’s largest daily newspaper. In addition, many of Mamminga’s essays have been featured on NPR.  Currently, she is a frequent perspective contributor to NPR’s WNIJ.

Mamminga holds a B.A. and Master’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As a former middle school and high school English teacher, Mamminga taught a variety of courses including Language Arts, Creative Writing, Speech, and Journalism; the high school newspaper won numerous yearly awards from the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association under her instruction.

A member of the Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau, Mamminga is also a frequent speaker at many book clubs, libraries, and other community events. As a lifelong Midwesterner, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, biking, reading, writing, and spending time spent out in nature with her friends and family.