Marisa Handler

Marisa Handler--writer, activist, speaker and singer-songwriter--is the author of Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, which won a 2008 Nautilus Gold Award for world-changing books. Marisa has worked as an organizer in the global justice and peace movements, and she speaks and sings about visionary social change all over the country.

Her journalism has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Earth Island Journal,, Alternet, and Tikkun, Orion, The Sun, and Bitch magazines. She has worked as an activist with numerous organizations, including Direct Action to Stop the War, United for Peace and Justice, and the Tikkun Community, where she was National Organizer. Her first book, Loyal to the Sky is a vivid mix of personal memoir and political reportage, moving from Marisa's childhood home in apartheid South Africa to Israel, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, and all over the United States. It offers a rare glimpse inside the global justice movement, and describes how she came to advocate an activism grounded in the principles of interconnection and nonviolence as the best means for building the world we wish to see.
"For readers interested in liberal political activism in this new century, including war protests in 2003, the FTAA protests in Miami, and protests during the Republican National Convention in New York, this is a must-read," wrote Booklist. Marisa's first full-length album, Dark Spoke, with songs ranging from acapella to 5-piece band, was released in 2007. Marisa just completed her MFA in Fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She'll be in India on a Fulbright this next year, working on a novel in Varanasi.
See Marisa speak about why she wrote the book:

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