Marita Golden is an author, creative writing teacher, and lecturer. She is the author of 19 works of fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent work of nonfiction is entitled, The Strong Black Woman How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women. She is the Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation.
Ms. Golden was a faculty member at the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University, at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University. She has served as Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of the District of Columbia.
She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble, an award from the Authors Guild, and the Fiction Award for her novel After, awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.