Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and long-time advocate for the healing power of the arts. Her passion for providing grassroots accessibility to the literary arts inspired her to create SASE: The Write Place in 1993. She led the organization until 2006, when she spearheaded its merger with Intermedia Arts.
In 2005, she designed the Givens Foundation for African American Literature’s writers-in-the-schools program. In 2010, she was awarded the MN Book Awards Kay Sexton Award for long-standing dedication and outstanding work in fostering books, reading, and literary activity in Minnesota. Her book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities was published in 2013 and 2015. She is currently at work on a collection of personal essays. She teaches creative writing and composition at Hamline University and Minneapolis Community & Technical College.