China Galland and Doris Vittatoe at Love Cemetery
China Galland, M.A., is the prize-winning author of several non-fiction works including Love Cemetery, Unburying the Secret History of Slaves(HarperOne), Longing for Darkness, Tara and the Black Madonna(Penguin). She’s completing a documentary film, Resurrecting Love, an East Texas African American community’s struggle to reclaim Love Cemetery, the historic burial ground they own.
The Bond Between Women, A Journey to Fierce Compassion(Riverhead/Penguin), was chosen as one of the best five books on Spirituality by the annual “Books For a Better Life Award.” Galland has been a Professor in Residence at the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, the largest consortium of Christian schools of theology in the U.S, as well as a Research Associate, and adjunct faculty. “Art, Darkness, and the Womb of God,” the graduate level intensive, grew out of her pioneering work on the Divine Feminine cross-culturally. She has been affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union since for over 20 years, her Images of Divinity Research Project at the GTU’s Center for Women and Religion. A riveting storyteller and public speaker, Galland has lectured at Harvard University, Columbia, Cornell, Bowling Green University, and Prescott College among others. She led pilgrimages to the Divine Feminine in Nepal, India, France and Spain, appeared on “Good Morning America,” Bloomberg TV, PBS, NPR, and PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge.”
Galland was awarded a Hedgebrook Women Writer’s Residency by the Hedgebrook Institute on Whidbey Island, WA. She was given the national “Courage of Conscience Award” by the Peace Abbey of Sherburne, MA, in a ceremony at the Harvard Foundation. She presented video clips from her documentary, Resurrecting Love.
for the Harvard Foundation’s annual Writers and Film series.
China Galland with two of her grandsons
A former river guide, Galland co-founded of “Women in the Wilderness,” a non-profit organization dedicated women’s leadership, as well as wrote the book, Women in the Wilderness. Galland is married to the playwright, performer, and co-founder of the former Traveling Jewish Theater, Corey Fischer. She is also a grandmother.