Mentor Series Reading: Carolyn Holbrook

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The 2015–2016 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose presents creative nonfiction mentor Carolyn Holbrook reading along with program participants Gabriella Anaïs Deal-Marquéz (poetry) and James Stephenson (fiction).

Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and long-time advocate for the healing power of the arts. Her passion for providing grassroots accessibility to the literary arts inspired her to create SASE: The Write Place in 1993. She led the organization until 2006, when she spearheaded its merger with Intermedia Arts.

In 2005, she designed the Givens Foundation for African American Literature’s writers-in-the-schools program. In 2010, she was awarded the MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award for long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading, and literary activity in Minnesota. Her book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities was published in 2013 and 2015. She is currently at work on a collection of personal essays. She teaches creative writing and composition at Hamline University and Minneapolis Community & Technical College.

Gabriella Anaïs Deal-Marquéz is a Minneapolis based interdisciplinary artist and community organizer who sees music and storytelling as key in building power with communities of color. With roots across the U.S.-Mexico border, her writing looks at identity, displacement, trauma, and healing. She is the founder of Border Voices, which uses storytelling and performance to create spaces for dialogue where local poets can share their immigrant truths. Anais is a member of Palabristas:Latin@ Wordslingers and a recipient of the 2014 VERVE Grant for Spoken Word artists through Intermedia Arts.

James Stephenson’s fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review. He was born in New York City and grew up in Florida, Indiana, and rural Pennsylvania. He received a degree in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon, and lives in Minneapolis with his wife.

There is a $5–$10 suggested admission fee for this event.
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