Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - June 27th, 2017
Born in Los Angeles in 1942, Edward Moncrief grew up in the rural town of Redlands, California. He spent ten years studying to be a Franciscan priest, receiving a solid grounding in the liberal arts. He decided to leave his studies for the priesthood at the age of twenty-three. He married Judi Carl in 1967. The following year, he entered graduate school where he earned a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Organizing and Development; after which, he moved first to the San Joaquin and then to the Salinas Valley.
Moncrief spent his forty-one-year career directing non-profit housing organizations and developing new housing for farmworker families and other economically disadvantaged people. "Raising the Blackbirds" is based on his experiences developing farmworker housing. Over the years, he has been a guest columnist and has written editorials and articles for the "Salinas Californian", the "Monterey County Herald", and "Western City Magazine" among other newspapers and journals. Currently, Moncrief is a freelance reporter for the "Salinas Californian"