Remembering Rodney Holman, Poet/Writer

Rodney Holman passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 28.

Holman was a poet, and his first book of poetry, The Universal Solvent, had just been published this year.   He was commissioned to write the Inaugural Poem for the Harlem Book Fair. A writer’s fellowship sent Rodney to paradise at the Julia and David White Artists Colony in Costa Rica. He taught at Baruch College; worked as a Teaching Artist; and advocated for arts education while at VH1 Save the Music in Manhattan. Rodney was also a public policy consultant and a member of the National Artists & Creative Industries for Obama 2012 Working Committee.

At the time of his death, Holman was working on his first novel, based on the true story of a 16th-century sub-Saharan African man who overcame enslavement in Spain to become a professor of Latin and author.  He was interviewed by 88.5 WFDD ’s David Ford and can be heard by clicking on this link. 

Holman was a most recently a member of the Winston-Salem Writers’ Board of Directors, an independent recording artist and the project developer for Delta Arts Center in Winston-Salem.  In addition, he served as the literary representative on The Arts Council’s Regional Artist Project Grant Panel and his nonprofit, Poets in Public Service, was an Arts Council project grant recipient in 2007.  His blog may be visited at

Holman was laid to rest on Saturday, December 1 in Mocksville, N.C.  The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Winston-Salem Writers.

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