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Find recordings of some of our virtual and hybrid events here. For photos of in-person events, see the Media Gallery page.

April 23rd, 2024

Join award-winning writers Hawona Sullivan Janzen and Antonio Duke in a conversation on Blackness, history and writing for the stage. As writers, historians, playwrights, actors and scholars, Janzen and Duke believe writing is the only thing that can save us from ourselves. They will discuss their inspirations from the Black spiritual canon derived from Yoruba, Santeria and Voodoo deities and their beliefs in the power of the word. Collaborator: More Than a Single Story. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Panelists: Hawona Sullivan Janzen and Antonio Duke

April 20th, 2024

An African proverb says “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This Embracing our Roots event will focus on two couples: Arts giants Seitu Ken Jones & Soyini Vinelle Guyton with next generation couple, Anura & Rekhet Si-Asar. They will engage in a wide ranging conversation on family, community, and the ways they work and walk together. The conversation will center on couplehood, familyhood and community. They will also speak on how those influences impact their professional work as artists and arts leaders, and how they curate space to build and hold community. The event will include poetry and sharing of some of the art that has beautified, reflected, and uplifted our communities over the years.

Panelists: Seitu Ken Jones, Soyini Vinelle Guyton, Anura & Rekhet Si-Asa

March 30, 2023

Join artists, educators, activists, and mothers, elder Amoke Kubat and elder-in-the-making, Wisdom Young (Mawusi) as they share, build, and heal about their journeys as Black girls, women, and mothers in America. They will discuss how time, place, family, and historic/current events have shaped their identities and their work. They will reflect on the seeds they were given through generations, the seeds they are currently tending, and most importantly, the seeds they are sowing.

Panelists: Amoke Kubat and Wisdom Young (Mawusi)

Writer to Writer with Mélina Mangal and Sarah Warren

January 31, 2024

Authors Mélina Mangal and Sarah Warren discuss about why they write for children, how their biracial backgrounds influence their work, and the challenges and joys of writing fiction and nonfiction. Q&A session to follow.

Panelits: Mélina Mangal Sarah Warren

Moderator: Carolyn Holbrook

Grief and Healing Across Cultures

October 24, 2023

Panelists discuss how we carry personal and collective trauma, grief, and losses experienced over the last few years. Panelists with share how their cultures, beliefs, and community help them remain engaged in life and the transition toward hope and healing.

Panelists: Janice Bad Moccasin (Crow Creek Hunkpati Dakota), Marian Hassan, Kinshasha Kambui, and Billy Lor

Moderator: Carolyn Holbrook.

Opening poem: Diane Wilson.

Collaborator: More Than a Single Story. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Emerging Already, Sustaining Now

June 2, 2023

This podcast is called Emerging Already, Sustaining Now featuring Resmaa Menakem, Erin Sharkey, and Douglas Kearney. This event was a part of More Than a Single Story’s weekend retreat for Black writers and artists. This was recorded on June 2, 2023.

Panelists: Resmaa Menakem, Erin Sharkey, and Douglas Kearney.

Building MN’s Powerful Arts Community: How We Got Here

March 18, 2023

How does community start? And how does it germinate in order to empower people and authentic voices? How do you build on the movements that came before you? The Loft and More Than a Single Story invited a panel of seasoned BIPOC writers and arts activists to share the trials and triumphs they faced while building the powerful arts community we are all benefitting from today.

Panelists: Daniel Pierce Bergin, Juanita Corbine Espinosa, Kathryn Haddad, Carolyn Holbrook, Alberto Justiniano, and David Mura.

Moderator: Vickie Benson.

Opening Poem: Louis Alemayehu.

Food in Cultural Celebrations

December 6, 2022

Despite the challenges of the last few years, our communities have always found reasons to celebrate. Join notable chefs and food writers Sean ShermanYia VangMecca Bos and Natalia Mendez in a conversation about their communities and the historical and contemporary ways food serves as a backdrop for cultural celebrations.

Moderator: Tess Montgomery.
Opening poem: Zenobia L. Silas Carson.

Embracing Our Roots: Joshua Gillespie (Brotha Ase) and Nthoando & Vusumusi Zulu

October 15, 2022

Up and coming drummer and storyteller, Joshua Gillespie (Brotha Ase’) joins his grandparents, the master storytellers, Nothando and Vusumusi Zulu, in a conversation about the power of storytelling to lift our people up, and about the Black Storytellers Alliance in Minnesota, of which Nothando and Vusi are co-founding members.

June 14th, 2022

On Tuesday June 14, 2022, up and coming journalist, podcaster and spoken word artist, Jasmine McBride will join Emmy award winning actor, vocalist and educator, T. Mychael Rambo in a conversation about Mr. Rambo’s celebrated career here in Minnesota and beyond. They will also reflect on Ms. McBride’s growing career, and much more. Embracing our Roots: African Americans Rooted and Rising is a collaboration with More Than a Single Story, Black Table Arts and In Black Ink.

Writer to Writer: Marcie Rendon & Leya Hale

September 13, 2022

Author and playwright Marcie Rendon (White Earth Nation) and documentary producer Leya Hale (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Diné Nations) discuss issues that affect their Indigenous communities.

TEDx Talk: Carolyn Holbrook

In her TEDx talk, Carolyn Holbrook speaks on how she is a legacy of where she comes from and her personal belief that we live our legacy everyday.

Embracing Our Roots: T. Mychael Rambo & Jasmine McBride

June 14, 2022

Up and coming journalist, podcaster and spoken word artist, Jasmine McBride joins Emmy award winning actor, vocalist and educator, T. Mychael Rambo in a conversation about Mr. Rambo’s celebrated career here in Minnesota and beyond. They also reflect on Ms. McBride’s growing career.

Our Stories, Ourselves: Home & Exile

May 22, 2022

Somali author Ayaan Adan, Uruguayan author Tessa Bridal, genderqueer Afghani writer and professor of Global Studies Ahmad Qais Munhazim, and Hmong community leader Terri Thao have a discussion on what home and exile means to them.

Writer to Writer: Ed Bok Lee & Kevin Yang

May 4th, 2022

Writers Ed Bok Lee and Kevin Yang reflect on their identities as Asian American artists living in Minnesota and creating art for themselves vs. creating art for their communities and explore writing in different languages.

We Are Meant to Rise: The Poetry of Social Movements

April 30, 2022

Presented by TruArtSpeaks in collaboration with More Than A Single Story, this performance and panel discussion closed out poetry month with an invitation to “be a menace” for all things good, through the power of the written and spoken word.

Embracing Our Roots: Conversation with Genesia Williams and Mary Moore Easter

Mar. 17, 2022

Mary Moore Easter, author of four poetry books and Founder/Director of Carleton College’s dance program shares her experiences with Genesia Williams, a creative social change leader, writer and designer.

Embracing Our Roots: Conversation with John Wright and Brittany Delaney

Feb. 17, 2022

Spoken Word Artist/Arts Educator, Brittany Delaney joined Distinguished Professor Emeritus John S. Wright in a conversation about Dr. Wright’s storied career.

We Are Meant to Rise Reading

February 15, 2022

Reading from We Are Meant to Rise by Mary Moore Easter, Anika Fajardo, Ezekiel Joubert III & Mona Susan Power. This event was part of the Soul Bone Literary Festival from Maharishi International University’s MFA program in creative writing.

History Revealed: We Are Meant to Rise

January 13, 2022

This panel discussion highlights co-editors Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura alongside writers Marcie Rendon, Suleiman Adan and Kevin Yang as they talk about the book and their experiences as BIPOC writers.

We Are Meant to Rise: Book Launch Event

November 29, 2021

Our book launch for our new anthology We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World. We hear from our co-editors Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura as well as writers Douglas Kearney, Kao Kalia Yang, Melissa Olson and Said Shaiye.

Embracing Our Roots: Alanna Morris-Van Tassel in conversation with Arleta Little and Elena Schoop

October 20, 2021

The Suitcases We Carry: An Afternoon With Haitian Women Writers

October 10, 2021.

Featuring Haitian authors Beaudelaine Pierre, Gabrielle Civil, Valerie Deus, Marie Cerat and Jaira Placide on the themes in Pierre’s new book “You May Have the Suitcase Now,” a collection of essays that explores home and exile, and all that we carry with us in our physical and psychological “suitcases.”

Moderator: Professor Zenzele Isoke.