Phyllis Theroux is an essayist, columnist and teacher. Born in San Francisco, California she is the author of numerous books, including two memoirs, California and Other States of Grace and The Journal Keeper, several essay collections, including Nightwriters: Bedtime Stories for Parents in the Dark, an anthology, The Book of Eulogies, and a novella, Giovanni’s Light. Her most recent book, published in 2013, is a biography (The Good Bishop) of the controversial peace activist, Bishop Walter Sullivan from Richmond, Virginia.
Theroux was a contributing essayist on the Newshour from 1992 – 1996, during which time she taught writing to fifth graders at Raymond Elementary School in Washington, D. C. where she helped to create a path between the school and numerous individuals and institutions eager to provide support. Her columns, op-ed pieces, reviews and feature stories regularly appeared inThe New York Times, the Washington Post and The Readers Digest.
She is the founder of Nightwriters, which conducts writing seminars in the Washington, DC, California and Virginia. The mother of three grown children, she lives with her husband, Ragan Phillips in Ashland, Virginia. She is currently working upon a book about her mother who lived with her for the last five years of her life.