Friday, April 5, 2019 - 7:00pm • Appletree
Winner of Bellingham Review's 49th Parallel Poetry Award, Chattahoochee Review's Lamar York Nonfiction Prize, and Glimmer Train's Family Matters Fiction Prize, Ming Holden is a writer, translator, activist, editor, teacher, humanitarian aid and development worker, and theater artist. She was invited by the United States Embassy to Suriname on a diplomatic speaking engagement under the U.S. Speakers Program to speak about creative writing and theater as tools for empowerment for Women’s History Month in 2014. In 2011, she founded the Survival Girls, a self-sustaining theater group for young Congolese women in the slums of Nairobi. Her book about the experience, the nonfiction novella The Survival Girls, came out in 2013 through Wolfram Productions. Ming also won the USAID worldwide essay contest for inclusion in the USAID Frontiers in Development publication alongside work by Bill Gates, Indra Noori, Paul Collier, and others. Her latest work, Refuge, a book of lyric essays about a young woman’s life as a budding writer and an international development and aid worker, won the Kore Press Memoir Award. Said Lidia Yuknavitch, memoir award judge, Refuge is "the story we need to hear right now in the only voice that can tell it."