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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, including “Journal and Memoir Writing”.
Influenced by growing up in Charleston, South Carolina as a Yankee outsider from North Dakota, Margot Fortunato Galt is a widely published writer and poet whose books include Circuit Writer, a memoir about her time traveling across Minnesota as “writer in the schools”; Stop This War: Americans Protest the Vietnam Conflict, and Turning the Feather Around, an oral-history memoir of artist George Morrison. Along with Up To the Plate, which tells the story of the women’s professional baseball league – the book was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Galt’s poetry appears in Between the Houses, which was a 2000 finalist for Bordighera Poetry Prize. You can also find her poems in numerous magazines including the 2014 St. Paul Almanac, Turtle Quarterly, and the The Louisville Review. Currently she teaches for the graduate programs at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University. Galt is seeking a publisher for her first novel, Falling for Botticelli, a travel memoir.