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Many of my novels have been set in my hometown of Washington DC.

One of my most satisfying days was the unveiling of a cultural plaque on Harvard Street where I grew up. The plaque has a quote from my novel Long Distance Life.

I grew up on the same street where half a century earlier the great writer of the Harlem Renaissance Jean Toomer was raised by his uncle P. B. S. Pinchback, a Reconstruction-era governor of Louisiana.

Marita Golden


Marita Golden is the author of over 20 works of fiction and nonfiction. She is Co-founder and President Emerita of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation. 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 and Virginia Commonwealth University and served as a Distinguished Visiting Writer in the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University, and at the University of the District of Columbia. She has taught writing workshops nationally and internationally to a variety of constituencies and is a writing coach, workshop presenter, and literary consultant.