Rosalie Maggio

Rosalie Maggio is the author of 20 books and some 700 stories and articles published in magazines and educational publication in addition to this year's The Art of Talking to Anyone (in its fifth printing and currently being translated into Chinese and Thai), she has written, among others, How to Say It (award-winning title with over 2 million sales); The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women (the largest collection of women's quotations in print at the time of its publication); books on biased language (Talking About People, The Nonsexist Word Finder, and The Bias-Free Word Finder) that have been honored by the American Library Association and human rights organizations; Marie Marvingt: Femme d'un Siecle, a biography written in French about "the most incredible woman since Joan of Arc" (a woman who was nonetheless completely forgotten when the book was written); and The Music Box Christmas (award-winning novel for children).

The recipient of a number of awards and a frequent speaker and talk-show radio guest, the Pine Mountain, California, resident has been featured as a "Bold Type" in Ms. magazine and her work has been discussed in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to working for peace in the global village, she is most happy when keeping busy with words, quotations, letters, or books—OR when she's discussing words, quotations, etc., with other wordsmiths, book-lovers, and students of the human condition.

Rosalie is a graduate of the College of Saint Catherine, and is fluent in French and Italian. Her Iowa roots include family at Fort Dodge, and her brother, Dr. Mark Maggio, a Visiting Professor at Luther College.

"People ask me if they 'should' be a writer. I have learned that those who are called to the writing life do not need to ask this question—they can't NOT write. Writing is a gift of the Spirit. Although writing well is never easy, when you are called (and by that I mean, when you can't NOT write), the yoke is easy and the burden is light. As a member of the global village, I believe this gift allows me to be one of many voices calling for peace and justice throughout the world. The people once asked Thucydides, "When will peace come to Athens?" Thucydides said, "Peace will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are."  I am, generally speaking, one of the uninjured.  Using my voice through my writing, I can speak for those who are too poor, too ill, too oppressed to express their indignation and work for justice.  Because I can't not write, because writing is who I am, I am doubly blessed—once through the joy I have in working with words and once through any small ripples calling for justice that spread out from my desk."

Rosalie Maggio's Web Site is


Tuesday, February 7
9:00 p.m.: Fireside chat with sophomores, Brunsdale Lounge

Wednesday, February 8
10:30 a.m.: Speak at Daily Chapel, CFL
3:00 p.m.: Book signing at Bookstore
4:00 p.m.: Reception, Nobel Room in Union
Meetings with students, classroom visits.