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Maria Gitin

Author's Bio

This Bright Light of Ours offers a focused insider’s view of the community-based activism at the heart of the civil rights movement. I was one of the teenage white kids who answered the call to come to the south to join the Black Freedom Fight in 1965. Four decades later, I returned to rediscover my friends and co-workers in rural Wilcox County, Alabama. My book details through first-person accounts the contributions of ordinary people who formed the nonviolent army that won the fight for voting rights. View selected presentations and book talks http://www.thisbrightlightofours.com/events-appearances-2/selected-past-events/. Now scheduling presentations for 2016-17. Former Area Director for California Poets in the Schools. Married, living in northern California near the beach.

Publications and Prizes

This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight (University of Alabama Press, 2014), In Celebration of the Muse (Quarry West/University of California Santa Cruz, 1997), Night Shift (Blue Wind Press, 1978), The Melting Pot (Crossing Press, 1977), Little Movies (Ithaca House, 1976)
Alternative Press Review, Hanging Loose, Poetry Flash, Sun & Moon, Telephone
Special Congressional Recognition, 2014; YWCA Racial Justice Award, Mobile AL 2012; State of California Assembly Resolution 2014; State of Alabama House of Representatives Resolution 2014; P.E.N. Writers Fund Award

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding by Jealous and Shorters, editors, Edges of Water by Maureen Owen, It's isn't Always So by Suzuki Roshi
Favorite Authors:
Congressman John Lewis, Lewis V Baldwin, Ruth Reichel, Alexandra David-Neel, Pema Chodron, Maureen Owen, Lew Welch, James Houston, Rebecca Skloot - to name just a few.

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Listing last updated: October 31, 2016

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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Born in:
Petaluma, CA
Raised in:
Penngrove, CA

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