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Margot Fortunato Galt, Poet and Essayist, April 18, 2014

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Margot Fortunato Galt grew up a Yankee in South Carolina during the 1950s. Her memoir poetry and prose often return to this period, or to her Italian/American background. She has published seven books, two of which were nominated for Minnesota Book Awards. Her poetry and creative prose appear in five anthologies and many small-press journals, with grants and awards from The Loft, The Jerome Foundation, the Center for Arts Criticism, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Minnesota Humanities Commission. In 2000, her poetry won 3rd place in the Bordighera Prize, chosen by W. S. DiPiero; and in 2001, her memoir essay “Pagan Peach, Pagan Rock” was a finalist in the New Letters creative nonfiction contest.

Margot holds an M.A. from Columbia University in New York, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching and writing look for creative ways to explore the intersection of history, visual art, literature, and the oral tradition. She has taught for writers-in-the-schools programs in Minnesota for many years, and has collaborated on oral history/readers theater projects with Minnesota communities from Saint Paul’s East Side to Crookston. For a while she wrote plays for the Women’s Theater Project, and she has created courses for the University of Minnesota; the one currently running is an independent study course called Journal and Memoir Writing.

This interview is part the oral history project Intellectual and Cultural Leaders of Minnesota.

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