GEM Team: Gia Manalio-Bonaventura

Gia Manalio-Bonaventura

Creative + Strategy at GEM Copywriter

Gia earned her BA in English and Creative Writing at New York University and then was in publishing for almost 20 years. About seven years ago she went back to school to get certified to teach Secondary English and taught seventh grade Language Arts in an urban school for three years (high school English in a suburban school before that). After having her personal work published in alternative magazines and websites, she returned for her MFA in Creative Writing and completed the program in January of 2016. Being re-submerged in a creative atmosphere has shown Gia that teaching is not for her (and her fifteen year old self agrees), and she longed to return to her creative professional roots.

Gia loves memoirs and slice of life graphic novels and movies. She is also a bit obsessed with Marvel Universe. When not reading, writing, or watching TV, Gia roller skates at skate parks and runs a fitness skating class.