Maria Gitin

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet

P.O. Box 216
Capitola, CA 95010

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 Now scheduling presentations for 2016-17. Former Area Director for California Poets in the Schools. Married, living in northern California near the beach.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

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
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Poetry Flash
Sun & Moon
Prizes won: 

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

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Penngrove, CA
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Last update: Oct 31, 2016