Priscilla Hart is an award-winning journalist with a special interest in international news and human rights. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Science Monitor National and International Editions, The National Catholic Reporter, History News Network, and electronic media internationally. New York Times best-selling author Rick Shenkman described Hart’s writing as “splendid – thoughtful, fascinating, and erudite.” Award-winning author Donna Jackson-Nakazawa (The Last Best Cure) has written, “Hart is a writer who brings forth the deeper meaning behind the everyday façade, beautifully reminding us of what really matters in life.” Time Magazine-featured writer Stephanie Staal (The Love They Lost) adds: “Hart’s great love for the music and meaning of words is evident on every page.” The Washington Post called her writing “full of wonderful descriptions and insights.”
Hart received a National Catholic Press award for her article on the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe in the National Catholic Reporter. Her article on America’s first black school house was a Most Popular pick for History News Network, a news service described by Pulitzer-prize winner Eric Foner as “indispensable.” She has also covered human interest and health stories.
Hart worked for eight years in Rome, Italy, where she wrote for the Christian Science Monitor International Edition and The International Courier. She has been cited in The India Times, Sri Lankan News, and Asia Online, as well as media in the UK. For seven years she worked in news magazine editing. Her book editorial consults have been dubbed “stunning” by HarperCollins editorial staff. Hart is the recipient of several poetry awards. She was educated at Harvard College where she received the Mark DeWolfe Howe Award, and Yale University with a full scholarship.
She is based in Annapolis, Maryland, located on the Chesapeake Bay thirty miles east of Washington DC. She is currently working on a book.
Hart’s personal interests include Global Zero advocacy, cosmology, music, cognition, travel, spirituality, humor, and photography. Her favorite books are Thomas Laird’s Into Tibet; The CIA’s First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition To Llasa, Joseph Ellis’ American Sphinx; The Character of Thomas Jefferson, Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali, Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha, Darin Strauss’ Chang and Eng, Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses, Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit, the Oxford Atlas of World History, and Nien Chang’s Life and Death in Shanghai. Nien Chang, a prisoner in solitary confinement in China from 1966 to 1973, gave her last public speech for the Women’s International Roundtable, an organization Hart directed devoted to examining international topics through the lives of women in cultural, political and humanitarian fields (see International Forums ~ Projects ~ Links). Hart’s constellation of heroes includes Zainib Salbi, Chiune “Sempo” Sugihara, Simone Weil, and Rachel Carson. She enjoys listening to Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfiguration, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, Stevie Wonder’s A Time to Love, Richard Smallwood’s Total Praise, and A. R. Rahman’s Jai Ho. She is hankering to photograph the temples of Kyoto, the hills of Tara and New Zealand, and the island of Gotland.