Carolyn Holbrook, Ed Bok Lee, and Alexs Pate will read from and discuss their writing from the powerful new book, We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World in a free virtual event on Tuesday, February 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Central). The anthology features Asian American (including two Korean American), Black, indigenous writers and other writers of color discussing racism in Minnesota, including in the context of the pandemic and after the murder of George Floyd.
Ed Bok Lee, a Minneapolis poet and playwright, has authored three poetry books; most recently Mitochondrial Night. He teaches writing at Metropolitan State University. He is the son of parents from Korea – his mother was originally a refugee from what is now North Korea; his father was raised during the Japanese occupation is what is now South Korea. His literary honors include an American Book Award, a Minnesota Book Award, an Asian American Literary Award (Members’ Choice), and a PEN/Open Book Award.
Alexs Pate is a writer, novelist, and founder of Constructing the Innocent Classroom, an organization established to end educational disparities between educators and students of color. Alexs is the author of five novels, including Amistad which was commissioned for a film by Steven Spielberg. He has worked diligently and led initiatives for racial justice in Minnesota for decades.
Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and longtime advocate for the healing power of the arts. Her memoir in essays, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify won the 2021 Minnesota Book Award for memoir and nonfiction, and was an honoree for the 2021 Society of Midland Authors Literary Award in Biography and Memoir. She is a co-author with Arleta Little of a memoir of civil rights icon Dr. Josie R. Johnson entitled 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. Holbrook is the director of More Than a Single Story, an ongoing community conversation program to invite conversation about personal stories and racial equity, which she founded in 2015.
Registration to this Zoom event is at the link.