Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Spawned by a Southern Baptist creationist and a liberal social worker, K-B inherited the requisite sense of humor to survive family dinner-table debates and the imagination to avoid them. This inevitably resulted in her becoming the publisher and a founding editor, with author Sara Marchant, of the intersectional feminist literary journal Writers Resist and a contributing editor of Writers Resist: The Anthology. They hope to go out of business after the 2020 Presidential Election.

K-B was born in Baltimore, Maryland; suffered pigtail pulling in New Jersey; and headed West, where she had several professional lives. The last one resulted in her flipping the bird to the corporate patriarchy and going back to school. She eventually earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert, and she now teaches Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the Cal State University system, while contemplating revolution.

To that end, K-B hosts the Writers Read author series at Fallbrook Library, in San Diego County; organizes the annual—free—Fallbrook Writers Conference; and foments progressive change in any way that won't land her in the hoosegow.

K-B’s narrative nonfiction, commentary, political fiction, book reviews, and author features have been published in Hard CrackersEvening Street Review and Evening Street Press (Spring 2019), Not My President: The Anthology of Dissent (Thoughtcrime Press, December 2017), DuctsPublishers WeeklyThe Missing SlateTrivia: Feminist VoicesMs. Magazine blog, the former Gay San Diego and North County Times, and others.

She occasionally teaches creative writing workshops, which you can check out here.

A BTW from K-B: I'm a huge, honking fan of reproductive justice. Politics and dogma don't belong between my legs or anyone else's. But, for those states where the patriarchy prevails, there are always people who know how to put a bit of sterile tubing, some suction, and a mayonnaise jar to good use.

Writing and editing by K-B

Here's a smattering of the other wildly divergent things K-B has written and edited.

  • K-B had the joy of being paid for her feminist opinion for three years as the Sunday political columnist at the former San Diego North County Times, for which she was well rewarded—in plaques, not filthy lucre. She also served on the editorial board. ("That was a trip.") If you're interested in the characters who make up this fascinating country and the status of their English fluency, take a look at unedited letters to the editor. ​​
  • She compiled and edited a report by M2 Technologies, for the Joint Non-lethal Weapons Directorate, analyzing the effectiveness of non-lethal weapons employed in hypothetical scenarios involving WMDs (weapons of mass destruction). She can't refer you to the report or someone would have to kill you. ... Just kidding—about the killing thing, not about the report, which was, of course, devoid of humor.
  • As VP of marketing and communications for FFF Enterprises for four years, K-B managed to avoid doing bodily harm to the WMEs (white male executives). Just barely. While there, she conceived, oversaw the creation of, and edited IG Living, an award-winning healthcare magazine for consumers and healthcare providers.
  • In stark contrast to her own politics, K-B ghostwrote sections of, and edited, One of the Presidents' Men (Brassey Press, 1995), the autobiography of Maurice H. Stans, who was the secretary of commerce for the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations and the treasurer of Nixon's Committee to Re-elect the President (yep, CREEP). This was a literary adventure, a wonderful education in old school politics and statesmanship, and well worth sharing over a beer sometime ... or perhaps a nicely aged malt whiskey. ​​​​​
  • From January 2011 until she departed Cal State San Marcos in 2012 with an undergrad degree, K-B had the displeasure of investigating and reporting on the dark deeds of the owner of the hate tabloid, The Koala, and his student fronts—predominantly white, heterosexual male students who led with their bigotry. K-B promised her cohort to always keep the memory of the perpetrators' deeds alive—until they publicly apologize. Consequently, you can still read about them here.

Awards, recent

Grant Recipient, Poets & Writers, to teach writing workshops, 2016 and 2017
Grant Recipient, Whitten-Welch Foundation, to help women writers find their voices, 2017
National Finalist, Kentucky Writers Fellowship, 2016

Awards, days of yore

First Place, California Newspaper Publishers Association, 1995, for column writing
First Place, Society of Professional Journalists San Diego, 1995, for column writing in large daily newspapers
First Place, San Diego Press Club Journalism Awards, 1996, for column writing
First Place, GLAAD San Diego, 1995, for editorial writing
Second Place Columnist, Greater Los Angeles Press Club, 1995
Second Place Columnist, National Conference San Diego, 1995
Second Place, Chiron Review Annual Poetry Contest, 1995
Pulitzer Prize submission for newspaper commentary, North County Times
Waveform Award for Excellence in Cable Programming, 1988
Finalist Documentary, Hometown USA Video Festival, 1987, 1988
Third Place, National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, 1988, 1989
ACE Award for Local Cable Programming, 1987, 1988
Bronze Award, National Health Information Awards, magazine category
Ad-Q Outstanding Advertising Award Two Bronze Addy Awards for Online Publications

Books By Kit-Bacon Gressitt