Marisa Handler

Marisa Handler is the author of Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, a memoir of growing up in Cape Town, South Africa and Los Angeles, California and becoming a global justice activist. She has been active as an organizer in the global justice movement, the anti-war movement, and for a just peace in Israel-Palestine.

A freelance journalist, Marisa's articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Earth Island Journal,, Alternet, and Orion, Tikkun, The Sun and Bitch magazines. Also a musician, Marisa has published a full-length, Dark Spoke, and played in venues across the globe, including San Francisco's Herbst Memorial Theater, La Paz's Thelonious Jazz Bar, Jerusalem's Mike's Place, Cape Town's Dizzy Jazz Cafe.

Marisa is currently completing her Masters in Fine Arts in Fiction at the Iowa Writers Workshop. Check out what she's been doing at

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