Marita Golden is an acclaimed, award-winning author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction. As a teacher of writing she has served as a member of the faculties of George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Fairfield University, and Johns Hopkins University. She co-founded and serves as president emeritus of Hurston/Wright Foundation. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets & Writers, and the Fiction Award for her novel After awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. For Marita Golden writing is “the way I live in and respond to the world.” It is also a calling and a mission. A writer who has distinguished herself as a master of the genres of fiction and nonfiction, Marita Golden has said, “I write from the center of my experience as a Black woman, and I know that story speaks to everyone and is universal.” Growing up in Washington, D.C. Golden’s gifts as a writer were recognized when she was a child and encouraged by her parents. Her mother told her when she was twelve, that one day she was going to write a book. From poems and articles in the high school and college newspapers, Golden moved in her twenties to free-lance writing for publications as diverse as Essence and the New York Times. But she longed to move beyond journalism and write stories that only she could imagine and tell. Marita Golden’s marriage to a Nigerian and her subsequent experience living in Nigeria for four years formed the basis for her debut book the memoir Migrations of the Heart. Because of its exploration of the issues of cultural identity, and the impact of the social and political changes of the late 1960’s, Migrations of the Heart has gained legions of passionate fans and is one of several of Golden’s books that have been adopted by colleges and universities for campus wide reading projects and for use in courses from African-American literature to sociology.