Maggie Messitt is an American writer and editor focused on narrative and immersion journalism in middle America & southern Africa. She lived in rural Africa for more than six years and split her life between two continents for two more. She returned to the US as a full-time resident in early 2011.

Maggie currently resides in Athens, OH, where she's a doctoral fellow in Creative Writing at Ohio University. When she's not teaching or working on her next manuscript, she continues to write/report for regional and national publications. 

Maggie lived in Limpopo, South Africa, from 2003-2011 (6yrs full-time, 2yrs part-time), during which time she was the Founding Director of Amazwi, a non-profit storytelling initiative and writing school for African women, editor of it's community newspaper and magazine, and a freelance international correspondent. When she gets back to southern Africa, Maggie reports from rural communities in Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. She also continues her work as a media educator and newspaper consultant in underserved regions.  

Maggie has a BA in Journalism & Faith, Peace, and Justice (an interdisciplinary human rights program) from Boston College; a secondary English Education certificate from San Francisco State University; a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College; and a forthcoming graduate certificate in Manuscript Editing from the University of Chicago. She was also a 2010 Multimedia Storytelling Fellow at the Knight Digital Media Center (University of California, Berkeley).

Articles by Maggie

Raising Inequity

Fundraising has become standard for most schools—but an education system that relies on private donations will never be equitable.


Cyberbullying happens in code. Break it.

Buttoned Down

Are school uniform policies a perfect fit for all students?
Abolitionists William Still, Sojourner Truth, William Loyd Garrison, unidentified male and female slaves, and Black Union soldiers in front of American flag

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