Prof. Marcia L. McNairExecutive Director & Founder Long Island Girl Talk
Marcia L. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and
her master’s degree in Writing from New York University. McNair was an assistant
editor at Essence Magazine and is currently an Associate Professor of English,
Journalism, and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College.
She is the Executive Director and Founder of Long Island Girl Talk, a youth development program.
McNair’s essay, It Takes a Lioness to Raise Young Lions, appears in Issues in Feminism/ An
Introduction to Women’s Studies/Fifth Edition (Mayfield, 2001). Her creative nonfiction
story, Before We Were Gangstas, appears in the anthology, Memoirs in the Light of Day
(Lamberson Corona Press, 2008). In 2006 and 2007, she received a grant from the Long
Island Council for the Arts for her collaborative performance, Diary of a Mad Black
Feminist, now known as the award-winning Sistas on Fire! Her poem Long Island Just
Isn’t Long Enough is featured in Seasoned Women (QuadraSoul, 2008). An excerpt from
her first novel, E-Males (Aya Press, 2007), was performed at the Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture in 2009. Her essay, A Tale of Two Mothers, appears in
Mothers R Special/Celebrating Momma N’em (Memory Lane Publishers, 2017).
Originally from New Jersey, she has resided on Long Island for over twenty