Born and raised in Texas, China Galland, M.A., is the award-winning author of Longing for Darkness, Tara and the Black Madonna, a new edition of which was published simultaneously by Penguin with Love Cemetery to celebrate Galland’s work. Her last book, The Bond Between Women, a Journey to Fierce Compassion was a finalist for the Best Spiritual Book award from Books for a Better Life. She is a recipient of a Hedgebrook Writers Invitational Residency, and has won awards for her fiction from the California Arts Council. Galland is also a professor in residence at the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She teaches and lectures nationally and internationally on race, religion, the arts, the environment and reconciliation. The non-profit extension of her work at CARE, the Keepers of Love, is part of the national Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation. Galland is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Black or Dark Madonnas.