Mariana earned a B.A. in education from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.A. in English from Monmouth University, and an M.F.A. in English from Virginia Tech, where she also taught first-year composition and introduction to creative writing. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, Feminist Studies, WomenArts Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her most recent publication is included in the Everyman's Library anthology Border Lines: Poems of Migration.