Patricia Martin  Holt-Empower a Refugee

Patricia Martin Holt


Holt leaves her career as consultant to the professions to remarry and move to Jordan. There she meets Leila Wahbeh, who introduces her to the reality of lives in refugee camps in and around Amman. After two years of working with Wahbeh six days a week, Holt returns home and writes COMMITTEE OF ONE, Making a Difference One Life at a Time. She’s named a GA author of the year and wins the bronze medal in a national independent publishers assn. competition. Questions and lamentations of inability to travel from audiences at her speaking engagements spurs Holt to find a local person making a difference. She finds Denise Smith, founder of Peace of Thread, who teaches refugee women in Clarkston, GA to sew and sell one-of-a-kind handbags. The result is EMPOWER A REFUGEE, Peace of Thread and the backyard Humanity Movement.


Atlanta Writers Club Nonfiction

Listen to a panel of talented Atlanta Writers Club members as they discuss their newest nonfiction titles. Distinguished panelists include Sharon Marchisello, Patricia Martin Holt, Jonathan Ingram, and Jill Cox-Cordova.

Moderator: Jill Cox-Cordova

Jill Cox-Cordova holds an MFA from Spalding University and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. She worked as a journalist for 21 years at such media outlets as, The Weather Channel, MSNBC, WSB-TV, and as a freelancer for Essence magazine. As a creative writer, her publications include flash fiction in an anthology and creative nonfiction in Parks and Points, where she placed second in the publication’s essay contest.

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Empower a Refugee, Peace of Thread and the Background Humanity Movement

After living and working with a mission organization in Lebanon for six years Denise Smith returns to Atlanta. Missing the community she’d shared, she founds a nonprofit to teach refugee women to sew and sell one-of-a-kind handbags, giving them sustainable income, friendship and help in times of trouble. The journeys of several refugee women from middle class lives in their countries to refugee camps to resettlement in Clarkston paint a vivid picture of what it’s like to be part of the one in 113 displaced people in the world in 2019. BUY THIS BOOK!

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