Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and an 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. She is co-editor of the anthology, We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World. Her work is supported by the MN State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She teaches at the Loft Literary Center and other community venues, and at Hamline University.