Hamline Events

Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify, with author Carolyn Holbrook and Hamline University colleagues and alums

Date: October 29, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Name: Kristina Deffenbacher Phone: 6516444961 Email: kdeffenbacher@hamline.edu
Location: Online Event
Sponsor: English department, Creative Writing Programs
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Please join Carolyn Holbrook and her Hamline colleagues and former students on Thursday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual reading and discussion of her new book, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify: Essays. The event will stream here: https://fb.me/e/35sbyHcTW

Carolyn will be joined by two of her former students, Sherrie Fernandez-Williams and Sophia Patane, who will open the event with short readings. Carolyn will give a reading, and then she will join two of her Hamline colleagues, Sheila O'Connor and Veena Deo, for a discussion. All are welcome.

TELL ME YOUR NAMES AND I WILL TESTIFY is the compassionate and redemptive story of a prominent Black woman in the Twin Cities literary community. Once a pregnant sixteen-year-old incarcerated in the Minnesota juvenile justice system, now a celebrated writer, arts activist, and teacher, Carolyn Holbrook has heeded the call to tell the story of her life. In a memoir woven of moments of reckoning, she summons stories born of silence, stories held inside, untold stories stifled by pain or prejudice or ignorance.

CAROLYN HOLBROOK is a writer, educator, and longtime advocate for the healing power of the arts. She is the author of an essay collection, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify, a chapbook, Earth Angels, and is co-author with Arleta Little of MN civil rights icon, Dr. Josie R. Johnson’s memoir, Hope In the Struggle. Her personal essays have been published widely, most recently in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. She is the recipient of three Minnesota State Arts Board grants, a 50 over 50 award, and she was the first person of color to win the Minnesota Book Awards Kay Sexton Award. In addition to writing, she is founder and director of More Than a Single Story. She teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center and other community venues, and at Hamline University, where she won the Exemplary Teacher award in 2014.

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