Holly Werner-Thomas (2017)

Holly Werner-Thomas is a writer and historian. A native Oregonian, Holly has lived all over the United States and abroad three times, in France, Brazil, and Turkey. Before receiving her M.A. in American history, she worked as a reporter and editor for several years in New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Brasìlia. She has also worked as an oral historian for the Hurricane Katrina Oral History Project in conjunction with the University of Southern Mississippi, as Research Director for a historical consulting firm, The History Factory, and as an activist for the pressure group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, where she created an oral history project for gun violence victims and their family members. Holly has written two book-length works: on the largest lynching in American history, and on the two years she lived in Turkey. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, two children, and new puppy.