M. Teresa Walsh is a writer, poet, playwright, actor, and activist. After an accident left her disabled in 1988, she has written and lectured extensively about her experiences adapting, including the three years as a medical patient in Cuba.
Her powerful one-woman show, "Body Revolution: From Harlem to Havana" - performed at San Francisco's Marsh Theater and Teatro de la Esperanza - tells the story of Walsh's ascent into a new life. Literally. After she falls from her third-story Harlem apartment window and is paralyzed, Walsh - and her audience - embark on a powerful, poignant and humorous journey from New York to Havana, Cuba. "Body Revolution" speaks of gender, race and class, of medical care, and U.S. - Cuba relations, but most of all it shows how one woman comes to terms with her permanent disability, and the role that human solidarity plays in this "body revolution. Her presentations include exerpts from the show as well as poetry and prose she weaves into the engaging and inspiring lecture.
After returning to the U.S., Walsh worked with the human rights non-profit organization Global Exchange and most recently, as the Program Manager at the MFA in Writing program at California College of the Arts.
Walsh has a long history of social justice activism concerning community and youth issues, as well as with Latin America and human rights. She worked at the Oakland Street Academy, a public, alternative high school for at-risk youth, and through the Street Academy, with community coalitions to intervene and stop gang violence, especially working with girls-at-risk.
Walsh has worked with human rights groups with regards to Latin America (Argentina, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic), as well as with South Africa and Namibia, the Philippines and South Korea. These experiences inform a powerful presentation she offers on human solidarity and why it matters.
Walsh has a BA in History (with a Latin America emphasis) from the University of San Francisco where she received the History Department's top honors, as well as the Dean's Medal, given to one student/graduate in Humanities & Science. She completed an MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts, where she received the Merit Scholarship. In 2009 she won a highly competitive writing residency at Hedgebrook Women's Residency for Writers, and she was invited back for another residency in 2014.
Walsh is currently working on a book of poetry and a memoir about her experiences as a patient in two Cuban hospitals, as well as her two-year stint at the “Hotelito,” a hotel for medical patients from Latin America and the Caribbean, where Teresa lived during outpatient rehabilitation.