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good nonfiction books to read


  • Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • Balm by Dolen Perkins Valdez


  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  • Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Power by Joel Bakan

What I read and teach again and again

  • Ball Over But the Shoutin by Rick Bragg (memoir)

What’s on my car CD where I listen to most of my music

  • Joey Alexander – jazz
  • Chris Stapleton – country music


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.