Thursday, March 22, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 pm

How do rituals and ancestral stories carry us? How does writing reflect those stories? Carolyn Holbrook and a panel of writers of color and indigenous writers will probe these questions in a More Than a Single Story conversation.

These conversations were inspired by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story, showing how stereotypes are fostered when we treat one story of a people as their only story.



“So that is how to create a single story.  Show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

COST:  $25.00, $10.00, or $5.00 (pay as you are able to support these conversations)


Carolyn Holbrook is founder and former Executive/Artistic Director of SASE: The Write Place. She is a widely published writer whose essays are included in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. She teaches Creative Writing at Hamline University and was named one of 50 of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders in Minnesota over the age of 50 by AARP and Pollen Midwest.

Carolyn Holbrook


Mary Moore Easter

Mary Moore Easter recently published her poetry collection, The Body of the World, by Mad Hat Press. She was a finalist for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in 2017. A Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Easter is widely published. A Virginia transplant, she re-rooted at Minnesota’s Carleton College. Now emerita professor of dance, veteran dancer/choreographer, her chapbook is Walking From Origins.

Mai Neng Moua

Mai Neng Moua, who came to the U.S. in 1981, spins tales of what it means to be Hmong in America.  Her memoir, The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story, was published last year.   She is the founder of Paj Ntaub Voice Hmoob Literary Journal and editor of Bamboo among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong-Americans.

Isela Xitlali G¢mez R

Isela Xitlali Gómez R. is an East LA/Inland Empire transplant who writes to piece together broken stories of family, trauma, and travel a la Southern California. Her art lays its roots in the spaces between jazz and mariachi, taco trucks and chili cheese burgers, oceans and desert and now snow. Isela is a 2015 Winner of the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series in Creative Nonfiction and a 2017 Beyond the Pure Fellow through Intermedia Arts.

Vanessa Ramos

Born in Texas, raised in Minnesota, Vanessa Ramos is co-editor of Writing El Norte: A Compendium of Latinx Writing from the Midwest. Her fellowships and awards include a ManyVoices residency at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, a Loft Mentor Series Award in Nonfiction, and an Artist Initiative grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board. She teaches composition and creative writing in the Twin Cities.

Jna Shelomith

With roots stretching from North Africa and Eastern Europe, Jna Shelomith comes from a 6,000-year tradition of using poetry to tell important news. Since holding a picket line with her mom at age 3 she’s been a Riot Grrrl guitarist, street-based outreach worker to homeless youth, part of Women Write from the Center and Mizna’s writing collective.

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