About Kit-Bacon Gressitt
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spawned by a Baptist creationist and a liberal social worker, I inherited the requisite sense of humor to survive family dinner-table debates and the imagination to avoid them. As a result, I’m a feminist writer, I support unrestricted access to affordable abortion and other reproductive health services, and I’m an LGBTQ rights advocate. I also birthed a child of color, who’s taught me a lot about white privilege and intersectionality. She’s smart.
I recently wrote my way through an MFA, resulting in a narrative nonfiction manuscript with the working title, In Search of Ada: Family Myth, Feminism, and Dreams of Our Past. And, I’ve taught Women’s Studies at California State University San Marcos.
More recently—just after November 8, 2016, to be exact—I gathered with some writerly friends to launch Writers Resist. We publish creative expressions of resistance by diverse writers and artists dedicated to challenging all things that diminish our nation’s quest for equality, freedom, justice and a healthy planet for all—while having a bit of fun.
I’m also writing a series of essays inspired by my MFA research travels. The first can be read at The Missing Slate. And, I teach creative writing workshops. Poets & Writers awarded me two grants in 2016-17 to help fund public workshops at the Fallbrook Branch of the San Diego County Library, in collaboration with Friends of the Fallbrook Library.
As a former Sunday political columnist at the San Diego North County Times, I won awards, a Pulitzer Prize submission, a fan club, and death threats from irate readers. The sales department loved me. More recently, I wrote book reviews and author features for the paper, until the Union-Tribune gobbled it up.
On the more literary side, my narrative nonfiction, commentary, political fiction, reviews and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in Publishers Weekly, Not My President: The Anthology of Dissent (Thoughtcrime Press, Autumn 2017), Ducts magazine (December 2017), The Missing Slate, Trivia: Feminist Voices, Ms. Magazine blog, San Diego Poetry Annual, The North County Times, San Diego Uptown News, Gay San Diego, Chiron Review (the ancient one, before the internet), American University’s iVory Towerz, and others; with some friends, we created, nurtured and killed off The Bridge, a community-based literary journal; I was the grateful recipient of two Poets & Writers grants in 2016-17; and I was one of 12 national finalists for the 2016 Kentucky Writers Fellowship.
Today, the pocket gophers and hummingbirds keep me company while I write—yippee!