Wilkes University


English Department’s Allan Hamilton Dickson Spring Writers Series

Author Maggie Messitt reading
Tuesday, February 23
7:00 p.m. in the Kirby Salon
All are welcome!

Messitt has spent the last decade reporting from inside underserved communities in southern Africa and middle America. Author of The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa, a work of narrative and immersion journalism, Messitt lived in northeastern South Africa for 8 years during which time she was a long-form reporter, newspaper editor, and founding director of a writing school for rural African women. Since returning to the US, her essays and reportage have been published (or are forthcoming) in Creative Nonfiction, Essay Daily, Memoir Journal, Mother Jones, Narratively, The Rumpus, and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance magazine, among others. A 2015 Kenyon Review Peter Taylor Fellow and a Scholar-in-Residence at Bowers Writers House, Messitt is working to complete her PhD in creative nonfiction and her next book, a hybrid of investigation and memoir, the story of her aunt, an artist, missing since 2009.

Messitt’s books will be for sale at the event.