Holly and I ran into each other from time to time over the years and her bright, warm spirit was always a joy to encounter. She and my kids' dad, Paul, shared the easy affinity of musicians.
Then last year, she invited me to work with her on literary programming at Studio Grand...to bring my new project, Lark, into collaboration with hers. We discovered all sorts of commonalities in our lives and in our hopes. She was in the midst of creating such a beautiful space that integrated all of her previous work into something that was -- and is -- a beautiful, welcoming, gift to the community here in Oakland -- to all of our multiple communities and to our common humanity.
The trust, conversation, and encouragement she extended toward me in creating the Lark reading series in her space is indicative of her generosity and vision for the space.
I will really miss her.
I've written a bit more here.
Sending all my love to her family & friends.