Marianne Herrmann was born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. She received a B.A. in Art History and English from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota.
She is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship for her fiction. Her writing has garnered awards from various literary journals. She has served as an editor of Northern Lit Quarterly, taught creative writing at the University of Minnesota, and lectured in art history at the American School in Florence, Italy.
She currently lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota with her husband and two daughters.