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Peter  de Lissovoy
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Born in Evanston, Illinois. Graduated from Evanston Township High School. Attended Harvard University (1960-61, 1962-63); spent fifteen months in Africa, teaching with a Harvard project in Tanzania and working as reporter for Salisbury, Rhodesia, Evening Standard. Joined Youth Wing of Zimbabwe African National Union. Following an interview he did with Nobel prize winner Chief Albert Luthuli of the ANC who was at that time banned by the apartheid government of South Africa, he was arrested and ordered to leave that country. In 1963 served as SNCC field worker in Albany, Georgia; organized marches and voter-registration work and was jailed in Atlanta, Albany, and Lee and Dougherty counties. In 1964 worked as speechwriter for congressional campaign of C.B. King and as assistant to Randy Battle, campaign's logistics manager; reported on Albany civil rights movement for Harvard Crimson, Dissent, and The Nation. Also in 1964, worked for a black-owned construction company in Albany. During 1970s and 1980s earned living as auto mechanic and cab driver while writing novels. Taught English and writing at Harvard University Extension School (1990-97) and Fitchburg State College (1998). Author of Feelgood (1970), a novel.