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UCA hosts Marita Golden as artist-in-residence

Marita Golden

By: Hannah Phillips
Office of Media Relations

Acclaimed author Marita Golden will be an artist-in-residence from Tuesday, Sept. 28 through Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 at the University of Central Arkansas.

Presented by the  College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Golden will host a public reading on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Business Auditorium, room 106. The event includes a book signing and a question-and-answer session. The public reading is the only event open to the public.

For UCA students, Golden will teach a writing master class on Tuesday from 4-4:50 p.m. in Win Thompson Hall, room 104. On Wednesday, she will host a writing craft talk from 11-1:50 p.m. in Win Thompson Hall, room 331.

“[Golden] has a wealth of abilities and skills she can share with the UCA writing community,” said M Shelly Conner, an assistant professor of creative writing at UCA. “There will be many things that will resonate with many students.”

Golden has taught graduate-level creative writing courses at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University and John Hopkins University. 

Golden’s books include The Wide Circumference of Love and The Edge of Haven. In October, Golden will release a new book titled The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women

The New York Times, the Washington Post, Essence and the Root magazines have published Golden’s articles and essays. With Clyde McElevene, she co-founded the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation, which supports the international community of Black writers. 

Golden is a member of the International Literary Hall of Fame Writers of African Descent. She has won awards, including the Writers Award from the Poets and Writers, Award for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and Distinguished Service Award from the Authors Guild.

For additional information or to view some events via live stream, visit CAHSS artists-in-residence.