John Mifsud

John Mifsud was born in Sliema, Malta and currently lives in Oakland, California. He is a retired playwright and filmmaker and is published in four anthologies including Last Call published by Raven Chronicles Press in 2018 and Boyhood: Growing Up Male – A Multicultural Anthology by University of Wisconsin Press, now in second edition. He has written and directed several original scripts for the theatre including Lavender Horizons, They Called Her Moses, At Second Sight and Angels’ Wings Flyin’. Mr. Mifsud won the 2001 Jack Straw Writer’s Award in Creative Non-Fiction and curated the same program in 2005. John also produced, directed, and scripted a national award-winning PBS documentary about Gay and Lesbian youth entitled Speaking for Ourselves in 2006. In 2007, he was an artist in residence at the Helen Riaboff Whitely Center on San Juan Island. He has read at the Elliot Bay Bookstore in Seattle, Washington on five occasions for five published works. He has also read at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, the Northwest Bookfest, Borders Bookstores in Ann Arbor and Dearborn, Michigan, the Bumbershoot Literary Arts Stage, the Maltese Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Atlanta Literary Arts Festival.

Recent Articles

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The Meditation Police

How can Buddhist centers manage gatekeeping volunteers that treat BIPOC practitioners with suspicion? John Mifsud offers some solutions.

The Simple Insight That Made Me a Buddhist

John Mifsud shares the story of how he found himself at the feet of a golden Buddha in Thailand, where a simple insight changed his perspective.