Marita Golden is a veteran teacher of writing and an acclaimed award-winning author of over a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, many of which are taught in college and universities around the country. As a teacher of writing she has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Fairfield University low-residency MFA program, and as Distinguished Writer in Residence in the MA Creative Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University. She co-founded and serves as President Emeritus of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.
Marita’s forthcoming novel, The Wide Circumference of Love, will be released in the spring of 2017. Among her previous books are the novels After and The Edge of Heaven, and the memoirs Migrations of the Heart, Saving Our Sons, and Don’t Play in the Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex. She compiled the collection of interviews THE WORD: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing. Her most recent book is Living Out Loud a Writer’s Journey. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers, and the Fiction Award for her novel After, awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.