“The family itself is a tribe of people who are committed, who’ve taken the name out of a loyalty, out of faith, out of unity. And they are all coming together as a family… Just because we’re not all blood doesn’t make us any less of a family.”Santi Elijah Holley
“An Amerikan Family is a first chapter in making the world better, with truth and beauty. For those of us who haven’t seen their stories written as they battled the darkness around them, An Amerikan Family is a light helping us go forward.” — Nikki Giovanni, poet
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Santi Elijah Holley’s essays, reviews, and journalism have appeared in numerous outlets, including The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, VICE, The New Republic, Tin House, Atlas Obscura, The Economist, Willamette Week, and Longreads. His work has been selected for Entropy’s Best of 2019: Best Online Articles and Essays, and cited in Best American Essays 2018. He is the recipient of a 2022 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club, a 2020 PEN America grant, the 2019 Robert B. Silvers grant for Work in Progress, and the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship for nonfiction, awarded by Literary Arts.