Rosemary L. Bray About the Participants
January 13-16, 2000

ROSEMARY L. BRAY was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1955. She is a 1976 graduate of Yale University, and has worked as an editor and writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines including Ms., Essence, and The New York Times Sunday Book Review, which she continues to believe was the best literary job she ever had.

She is a widely anthologized essayist on topics as varied as the image of Anita Hill in American consciousness, a woman’s ambivalence in pregnancy, and the dangers of African-American manhood. Rosemary also is the author of two books: Martin Luther King, a children’s biography, and a critically acclaimed memoir, Unafraid of the Dark, recently released in paperback.

In addition to her literary work, Rosemary recently completed her studies at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey, and will be ordained this spring as a Unitarian Universalist minister. She juggles the demands of both writing and ministry from her home in Montclair, New Jersey, with the support of her husband, Robert McNatt, a financial editor, and her two sons, Allen, age 6 and Daniel, age 3.

  • Martin Luther King, Illustrated by Malcah Zeldis, Greenwillow Books, 1993
  • “First Stirrings,” in Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul, Edited by Patricia Foster, Doubleday, 1995
  • “Taking Sides Against Ourselves,” in Violence Against Women: A Christian Theological Sourcebook, Edited by Carol J. Adams and Marie M. Fortune, Continuum, 1995
  • “It’s Ten O’Clock...” In Men We Cherish: African-American Women Praise the Men in Their Lives, Edited by Brooke M. Stephens, Doubleday, 1997
  • Unafraid of the Dark: A Memoir, Random House, 1998
  • “In Love With Boys,” in Room to Grow: The Pleasures and Paradoxes of Raising Young Children, Edited by Christina Baker Kline, Golden Books, 1999