Ming Holden’s poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, photography, and literary translations have appeared in Cerise Press, The Best American Poetry Blog, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Huffington Post, Molotov Cocktail, Peaches and Bats, The Poker, The Santa Ynez Valley Journal, The Santa Barbara Independent, Slice Magazine’s blog, and others. She has won many awards, the most recent of which is the Herman Wells Graduate Fellowship, Indiana University’s most prestigious award, designated for “…leadership abilities, character, social consciousness, and generosity of spirit.”
Last year she worked as an operational partner with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kenya to mobilize The Survival Girls, a theater group for young Congolese women in the slums of Nairobi. Her writing about the experience was nominated for the AWP Intro Award for Nonfiction.
She has also done development work in Russia (at the Silver Taiga Sustainable Forestry Foundation); Ecuador (at the CEMOPLAF family planning clinic); Bolivia (at the Rio Beni Health Project); Mongolia (at The Asia Foundation); Kenya (at the UNHCR); and also in New York (at Archipelago Books) and California (at People Helping People). While an undergraduate at Brown University (’07) she co-founded and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Brown Literary Review.