Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Maggie Messitt has spent the last decade reporting from inside underserved communities in southern Africa and middle America. Author of The Rainy Season, 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. Since returning to the US, her essays and reportage have been published in Creative Nonfiction, Essay Daily, Memoir Journal, Mother Jones, Narratively (forthcoming), River Teeth, and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance magazine, among others. Messitt is currently a PhD candidate at Ohio University, a 2015 Kenyon Review Peter Taylor Fellow, and a 2015 Scholar-in-Residence at Bowers Writers House.