Hosted by Fred Child
The Fitzgerald Theater
Tickets: $25 (all proceeds go to the Bill Holm Memorial Fund)
Possible transportation may be available from Minneota to Minneapolis for the MPR event. A Bus is being arranged by Community Education, but they must have 46 passengers for it to go.
Please contact the Minneota Library for details. 507-872-5473
Monday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. In Charter Hall 201.Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 April 2009 19:14 )
Wednesday, February 25th, the world lost a great man. How does one write a tribute to such a man. I can say that I am not up to the task.
I was lucky enough to become part of Bill's family in 1999 and have had an opportunity to spend time laughing and listening to his sage words. But 10 years does not feel long enough.
Bill Holm, passed away about 9 pm on Wednesday evening due to complications of pneumonia. He collapsed returning from his trip to the warmer climate of Arizona. His wife and life companion Marcy was with him when he left to join his ancestors.
We will be adding more information as it becomes available. A beautiful obituary has been written by a close friend and colleague, that will also be posted as soon as it is available.
We thank you for all your kind thoughts and wishes.
Writer, poet, teacher, musician, and traveler Bill Holm, of Minneota, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, February 25, in Sioux Falls, S.D., after being stricken with pneumonia. He had published 16 books and many pamphlets, magazine articles, and other writings in the United States, and was a contributor to numerous publications in China, Sweden, Iceland, and elsewhere. His work was many times adapted for theater, radio, and TV productions, as well as for the many public lectures and concerts he presented in places as far-flung as Alaska and Madagascar.
About six and a half feet tall and red-haired, he once played the Giant in a production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Both before and after his death, he has been repeatedly referred to as a literary giant. And for the magnitude of his enthusiasms and expressions, many of his friends and acquaintances considered him a gigantic personality with gigantic appetites for good art, public honesty, and social justice.
Born William Jon Holm on August 25, 1943, to William and Jona (Jonina Josephson) Holm, who were Swede Prairie farmers, he received his education in the Minneota schools, in the public library, and in the homes of his parents’ friends, wherever he could find books to devour. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1965, then did four years of graduate work at the University of Kansas before accepting his first full-time teaching job at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia. After his mother’s death in 1975, he returned to Minnesota, and served as writer in residence for two years at Lakewood Community College.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 March 2009 22:20 )