A full review of We Are Meant to Rise was published last week in the Star Tribune, written by Lorraine Berry. Read the article here. The review praises the anthology’s timeliness, and describes the context of its creation: in large part, the COVID-19 pandemic. Berry describes a few of the pieces that stood out to her, by Mona Susan Power and Ed Bok Lee, and praises its diverse stories as a “broadening of the world after so many months of contraction.” Watch the video of the anthology’s release event here, and order a copy online or at your local bookstore!
In advance of the its November 2021 release, We Are Meant to Rise has been noticed by the literary community. The anthology, edited by Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura and published by the University of Minnesota Press, features 34 essays by Twin Cities-based BIPOC writers, most of whom have participated in More Than a Single Story. Their essays reflect on the collective traumas experienced in Minnesota and throughout the USA, especially focused on race and police violence after the MPD’s murder of George Floyd. The anthology made its way onto the Star Tribune’s list of the ten “must read” books of...
Twin Cities PBS Carolyn Holbrook and Tess Montgomery got a chance to sit down with Almanac’s David Gillette and discuss the mission and foundation of More Than A Single Story.
By Nicholas Williams Food is a powerful vehicle for storytelling. This is true both for individuals and at the collective level. Food is who we are, where we come from, how we live, what we believe, and who we will become. Our biographies are condensed into dishes and bites, like memories garnishing our stories. Through the foods we consume and the foods we make–and don’t–we stake claims in our identities and stories, as if announcing to the world, “this is me and this is what I eat.”
We’re not speaking from one voice’: Discussion series on black women writers opens in Minneapolis A panel discussion Sunday afternoon featuring seven African-American women writers who explored identity, publishing and social issues brought together more than 150 people at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
Join us as we talk about the last in a series of conversations, started with black women, expanded to women of color, and then to women of the African Diaspora, exploring women’s lives pain and healing.. and then expanded to black and brown men.. when men hurt, who speaks for them?
Black women writers talk about what infuses their writing – and what makes them distinctive.