2nd Annual Strive Publishing Literary Dinner


Special Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Holbrook, adjunct professor of creative writing at Hamline University's College of Liberal Arts Creative Writing Program. She is a writer, educator, and long-time advocate of the healing power of the arts. Her passion for the arts inspired her to create SASE: The Writing Place in 1993, where she served as the organization's artistic/executive director for numerous years, and spearheaded its merger with Intermedia Arts.

In 2016, she created and currently leads a series of panel discussions and community conversations called More Than a Single Story, providing people of color, indigenous writers and arts activists opportunities to discuss issues important to them in their own words.

Holbrook is a prolific writer. Her works include co-authoring Dr. Josie R. Johnson’s new memoir, Hope In the Struggle. Additionally, her essays have appeared in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, and in Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. Her book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Changed Lives and Community was published in 2015.

Her work has garnered numerous awards: She was honored by AARP and Pollen Midwest with a “50 over 50” recognition in 2016; she was a 2015 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient; she was honored in 2014 with an Exemplary Teacher Award from Hamline University; and in 2010, she received the prestigious Minnesota Book Awards Kay Sexton Award. Prof. Holbrook earned an interdisciplinary doctorate degree in Creative Writing and Creative Arts Leadership in 2002 from Union Institute & University.

Shop at Babycake's Book Stack,"a MOBILE bookstore that carries a highly curated inventory of books designed to include the culture and/or languages of the indigenous, immigrants, refugees, African Americans, and many other backgrounds."

Participate in Green Card Voices' Story Stitch card game,"a guided storytelling card activity that connects and builds empathy between people of different cultural backgrounds." This card game allows participants to share their stories while finding points of connection that might otherwise be missed.

  • Mingle with and get to know local authors, artists, educators, librarians, publishers, and inclusive literature supporters.

  • Learn about opportunities to collaborate on various book projects, writing workshops, and community events.

  • Receive your free copy of STRIVE! a curated book catalog featuring local African American children's books, authors, and collaborators.

  • Be among the first to shop at Babycake's Book Stack bookmobile (in the parking lot).

  • Experience the power in connecting with diverse stories by playing Green Card Voices' Story Stitch card game.

  • Lucky door prize winners will take home a Story Stitch card game!




What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free in the Earle Brown Heritage Center parking lot.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact the organizer, Mary Taris by email at


What's the refund policy?

Tickets are nonrefundable


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need to bring printed tickets as your name will be placed on the guest list.


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, registration fees and tickets are transferrable.