Santi Elijah Holley was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, spent some time in southwest Colorado, returned to Michigan, then moved across the country to Portland, Oregon, where he has lived since 2004.
His essays, short stories, reviews, and journalism have appeared in numerous outlets, including The Atlantic, The Guardian, VICE, Tin House, Atlas Obscura, Paste, The Outline, Topic, Sojourners, Pacifica Literary Review, The Portland Mercury, The Stranger, and Longreads. His work has been cited in Best American Essays 2018, and he is a recipient of the 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship for nonfiction, awarded by Literary Arts. He is currently writing a book for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 music book series about Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Murder Ballads album.
Holley is also a working DJ, who usually performs under the moniker DJ Blind Bartimaeus. In addition to regular nights at bars and clubs in Portland, he has also opened for touring bands, performed at weddings, private parties, corporate events, and festivals, including the Pickathon music festival, Soul’d Out music festival, and Oregon’s culinary Feast festival.
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