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About Marisa Handler

Marisa Handler is the author of the award-winning memoir Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, and her essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. She earned her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received multiple fellowships in Creative Writing, including a Fulbright and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant. She teaches Creative Writing at Mills College and Stanford, and is also a performing and recording singer-songwriter. More at           

Articles by Marisa Handler

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Through the dark night

Inside ourselves and in the world at large, more darkness brings more light rising in response. 

When meditation isn’t enough

For someone with a traumatized nervous system, sitting in silence isn’t always the right response.

Petition for redress to the Oxford English Dictionary

Anger cannot be the dominant motivation of effective troublemakers. It’s time for a new definition of global activism.

My friend's hunger strike against force-feeding at Guantanamo

“There are places on this earth where color has absconded.” One man’s protest against force-feeding at the Guantanamo detention camp.

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