Marita Golden

Marita Golden, the Writing Program’s Distinguished Visiting Writer, is the award-winning author of fourteen books. They include her highly praised memoir, Migrations of the Heart, and her most recent novel, After, which won the Literary Award for Fiction presented by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She co-founded the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, which presents programs that honor and support the international community of Black writers with summer writer’s workshops and the Legacy Award for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She has taught at George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth University in their MFA creative writing Programs, in the low-residency MFA program at Fairfield University as well as Emerson College, Roxbury Community College, the University of Lagos in Nigeria, and the University of the District of Columbia.

In the MA in Writing Program she teaches fiction and nonfiction. Frequent themes in Golden’s work include the intersection of the personal and the political, the bonds of friendship among Black women and the stresses on and resilience of the Black family. About her work, Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison has said, “It is always heartening to see women step up to the writer’s table. When the results are as adroit and affecting as Marita Golden’s work, it is more than satisfying, it is a cause for celebration.”

Many of Marita Golden’s books are used in colleges and universities. Her awards include the Distinguished Service Award from the Authors Guild, the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award presented by Poets & Writers; an honorary Doctorate from the University of Richmond; induction into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center at Chicago State University; Woman of the Year Award from Zeta Phi Beta; and a Distinguished Alumni Award from American University. She holds a B.A. from American University and a M.Sc. from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

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