We Are Meant to Rise

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More Than A Single Story is proud to present our anthology We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice form Minneapolis to the World.

Co-edited by David Mura and MTASS founder Carolyn Holbrook with writer contributors from the Twin Cities metro area, this book shares a powerful collection of reflections, thoughts and memories about the traumas we endured in 2020. Indigenous writers and writers of color bear witness to the COVID-19 pandemic, the blatant murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the uprisings in Minneapolis that immersed our city into the worldwide demands for justice.


We are excited to co-host a series of amazing book events and panel discussions all around this anthology.

See below for recorded events regarding this book. Visit our event calendar to see what other events may be coming up about this book.

Upcoming Events

Where to get the book:

You can find a copy at a local independent bookstore in Minnesota. You can also purchase it online from our publisher.

What critics say:

“Consistently moving…. passionate take on a fraught moment.”

 Publishers Weekly

“a triumph of story-telling, a panoply of experiences drawn from the diverse peoples of Minnesota. But it also raises the fundamental questions that all of us confront as Americans.”

Star Tribune Book Review

Hennepin County Library’s What We Loved in 2021 Book List

Star Tribune’s
10 Most Anticipated Books List.


November 2021: BOOK LAUNCH

Featuring: Co-Editors Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura, plus writers Kao Kalia Yang, Said Shaiye, Douglas Kearney and Melissa Olson


Featuring: Suleiman Adan, Marcie Rendon and Kevin Yang

February 2022: READING

Featuring: Mary Moore Easter, Anika Fajardo, Ezekiel Joubert III & Mona Susan Power

April 2022: READING + PANEL

Featuring: Sun Yung Shin, Erin Sharkey, Kevin Yang