• College of Liberal Arts

  • Margot Fortunato Galt

    Instructor

    CWP GaltMargot 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. 

    Margot lives in Saint Paul with her former-librarian husband and too many cats. She travels to Europe, especially Florence, Italy, as often as she can. After fifteen years of writing, she has just completed a memoir, tentatively titled Alfresco: Mother-Daughter Travels through Germany and Italy, and is looking for an agent.

    Margot also teaches for the School of Education: A creative writing and writing workshop expert, Galt is the author of The Story in History: Writing Your Way into the American Experience (Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 1992). With 15 years as a secondary school writer-in-residence, she also has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of Minnesota, and Macalester College. She consults in memoir writing and multi-cultural curriculum development, is the former program and education director at the Loft, and a documenter of seniors-writing and battered-women-writing projects for COMPAS.

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  • PUBLICATIONS

    The Story in History: Writing Your Way into the American Experience
    Teachers & Writers Collaborative

    Up to the Plate: The All American Girls Professional Baseball League
    Lerner

    The Country's Way With Rain
    Kutenai Press

    Turning the Feather Around:
    My Life in Art

    Minnesota Historical Society Press

    Stop This War: Americans Protest the Vietnam Conflict
    Lerner

    Between the Houses
    Laurel Poetry Collective

    The Circuit Writer: Writing with Schools and Communities
    Teachers & Writers Collaborative