Maria Golia, born on a June Sunday in the USA prior to the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Marylyn Monroe's suicide, and the first lunar landing.
 
Situate this writer anywhere but the United States following precocious exposure to late-'60’s American counterculture. Nomadic and inquisitive in four languages. Former student of neurophysiology, performing-arts center manager, and tutor of Islamic art and architecture to Kuwaiti royalty. Intermittent actor. Fellow of the London Institute of Ecotechnics and outraged environmentalist. Lifetime interest in the quandaries of a discontinuous reality, the experience of the vivid moment, and the exploration of space and other unknowns.

Long-time resident of Egypt, Maria Golia is author of the non-fiction Cairo: City of Sand (Reaktion Books, London 2004), opinion columnist for the Beirut Daily Star, reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement (London) and speechwriter for Egyptian politicians and tycoons.