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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

Books:
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)
Journals:
Alternative Press Review, Hanging Loose, Poetry Flash, Sun & Moon, Telephone
Prizes:
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
 1978

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: December 5, 2015

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Adults
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Petaluma, CA
Raised in:
Penngrove, CA

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