Literary Nonfiction. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. Carolyn Holbrook's EARTH ANGELS discovers, in the intimate spaces of daily life, contact points with visionary experience. As a mother, artist, daughter, sister, teacher, and an African-American elder, Holbrook's nonfiction unites worlds seen and unseen, domestic, intellectual, and supernatural, and weaves each narrative moment to its roots. EARTH ANGELS shows us that whenever two people meet they have a spiritual encounter in a historical context, and that this moment is both fraught and rich, reverberating through families and time. We need Carolyn Holbrook to remind us of this richness, and to demonstrate the complexity of its gifts. EARTH ANGELS is revelatory to the way mundane moments of an individual life act as a nexus for history and for the spirit world, the family, institutions and the imagination.
Carolyn Holbrook is the founder and Artistic/Executive Director of More Than a Single Story and SASE: The Write Place. She is the author of the literary nonfiction book EARTH ANGELS (Spout Press, 2019). Her essays have appeared most recently in A Good Time For The Truth: Race in Minnesota (MNHS Press) and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (MNHS Press). Her book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities was published in 2015. She is also co-author of Hope In the Struggle (Univ. of MN Press), a memoir of Dr. Josie R. Johnson. She was the 2010 recipient of the MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award and a 50 over 50 award from AARP and Pollen Midwest in 2016. In 2014, she won the Exemplary Teacher Award at Hamline University.Author City: MINNEAPOLIS, MN USA