Rita Catinella Orrell, LEED GA, is an author and design journalist working in New Jersey. She has been a member of the design press for almost two decades, covering interior design, home furnishings, kitchen and bath design, and architectural building products. She was products editor for Architectural Record for over 14 years and was the […]

Writing for Children

I am currently working on several picture book manuscripts for young children. I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge and was selected to be a mentee at the 2016 Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature One-on-One Plus Conference.

Design Writing

BOOKS Objects of Desire: A Showcase of Modern Erotic Products and the Creative Minds Behind Them The world of erotic product design is revealed in this curated showcase of over 100 beautifully crafted objects and the creative minds behind them. The latest adult toys, jewelry, and accessories from leading companies, as well as intriguing prototypes, […]


Education Queens College, Flushing, New York, M.A., Creative Writing, 2/03 Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. B.A., English, 5/95, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa Notable Readings National Arts Club, New York City, 10/2006 The Phoenix Reading Series, New York City, 11/2005   Selected Publications “Sir David Attenborough, I Think I Love You,” The Hopper Magazine, March […]