Author of REFUGE, out June 1st 2018 from Kore Press

Ming Holden

  Dear Ones, I am over the moon to share the happy news that Kore Press just went live with the pre-order page for my memoir, Refuge, which won Kore’s inaugural Memoir Award (judged by Lidia Yuknavitch). Definitely an exciting day! Here’s the link to the book pre-order page! ______________________ Advance Praise for Refuge: “The story we need to hear right now in the only voice that can tell it.”—Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Small […]

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§1285 · February 2, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


I’m truly stunned and delighted to announce that the incomparable Lidia Yuknavitch selected my manuscript of lyric essays, REFUGE, as the winner of the inaugural Kore Press Memoir Award. On Monday, while teaching a bunch of truly lovely, rambunctious UCSB undergrads Intro to Acting, I missed a call from an Arizona area code. “Do they want me to get out the vote for Hillary?” I wondered. I had ten minutes […]

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§1238 · October 21, 2016 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear Ones, Happy winter! This fall I received the wonderful and unexpected news that my essay “Lenin” is listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2015! It’s a lyric piece I wrote about working in Russia in 2003 published in Arts & Letters. Bustle also chose The Survival Girls as the second in its list of “12 Empowering Books That Will Inspire You To Change Your Life And The World” !  Didn’t […]

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§1185 · December 30, 2015 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear Ones, Happy Autumn! I’m happy to report that I’m involved in several new creative projects. 1. I’ve been cast in two shows, both up at Plaza Playhouse in the coming weeks: I’ll play a few roles, including the ghost of Grace Kelly, in Reconnected, a collection of one-act plays by Ed Giron, at the end of September. I’ll also play the heroine, Wendy March, in a melodrama called Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux that goes up as a fundraiser […]

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§1158 · September 5, 2015 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Hello all, Just a short post to let you know my latest piece for The Huffington Post is up — my first for the Education page there! The piece is about The Odyssey Project, which I’ve been involved in for over a year now. The Odyssey Project brings incarcerated youth to UCSB for a theater workshop and performance alongside undergraduates. It’s a powerful testament to the potential for arts engagement to challenge the […]

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§1148 · August 12, 2015 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear Ones, THE SYRIA DISPATCHES, my short book of letters home from my summer spent connecting with Syrian refugees in Turkey and Syria, is now live and available for purchase on Amazon!  Here’s the link. I wasn’t planning on making it available beyond the copies for my Kickstarter donors, but I got inquiries from professors I’ve never met before, so here it is in all its purchase-able glory, for five bucks! I am currently […]

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§1134 · July 29, 2015 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear ones, To anyone interested in my SYRIA work and refugee advocacy: Sweden has allowed Syrian refugees permanent residency — the only country to do so. For the next week I’ll be in Stockholm to track down the Syrian refugee diaspora there. If you’d like to support that work and read my writing about it, support me at my Patreon page! We all know the Syria conflict hasn’t gotten any better; meanwhile, Syrians are trying […]

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§1127 · July 14, 2015 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear Ones, I’m beyond thrilled to share the news that my poem, “For My Aspirated”, has won Bellingham Review‘s 49th Parallel Award for Poetry.  Here is the press release. Poetry contests have often struck me as the longest shot there is in the literary world. I got into more poetry MFAs than fiction ones, but when I chose to attend a fiction one because it was where the most funding for the most time […]

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§1116 · June 11, 2015 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


  Hello all! I realize I haven’t done an update here for around a year. Perhaps that’s because my previous post about the U.S. government flying me to Suriname for a week to lead workshops and present on my work was such a dream that I didn’t want it to be over! Here is the Huffington Post piece I wrote to commemorate the experience of presenting in Suriname a year later, for Women’s History […]

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§1085 · May 1, 2015 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·


Dear Ones, Since my last post, I have been to Suriname and back!  I went under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s U.S. Speakers program.  (Here is the official press release.)  I was invited as part of the U.S. Embassy’s Women’s History Month programming.  I spent five days in three different districts of Suriname, giving creative writing workshops to high school students, lecturing social workers on the benefits of theater for at-risk youth, and […]

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§972 · April 26, 2014 · Uncategorized · (No comments) ·