Arlene Faulk

Webinar Event: Arlene Faulk in conversation with Dr. Deborah Holton

Arlene Faulk webinar with Dr. Deborah Holton

Join local author and Tai Chi teacher Arlene Faulk as she discusses her new book, Walking on Pins and Needles: A Memoir of Chronic Resilience in the Face of Multiple Sclerosis. She will be joined by Deborah Wood Holton, Ph.D., MFA, a Professor Emerita at DePaul University, with advanced degrees in American Theatre Studies, English, and Creative Writing, as well as a professional coach.

Deborah is a Black Earth Institute Distinguished Fellow Emeritus and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institute Fellow on the Black Aesthetic. While Holton’s scholarly work explores various topics such as African American culture and literature, her creative endeavors resonate with African and women-centered folklore, myth, and culture.

She has been Arlene’s Tai Chi student since 2008. With a zest for inquiry and creativity — plus her down-to-earth, light-hearted style — Deborah brings more than 32 years of award-winning experience engaging with adults committed to fulfilling their lifelong and life-wide aspirations.

Having transformed her own dramatic story into a memoir, Arlene will talk with Deborah about her book, her journey, and more in this compelling webinar.

Sunday, April 24
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Watch the video recording below.


Register is closed for this free virtual event on Zoom. View the recorded version below or on the YouTube Channel.

The event will include:

  • Arlene’s reflections on health as a catalyst for self-discovery.

  • How Arlene tapped into the power of relationships—changing and constant

  • Walking the Tai Chi road from novice to teacher.

  • A reading from her book, Walking on Pins and Needles.

  • A Q&A with participants.

Follow Arlene on Facebook and Instagram for news about her upcoming memoir and Tai Chi classes, tips and observations about keeping our balance in life.

Arlene is also available to speak to your group or on your podcast. Call 312-642-0722 or use the Contact form.

Arlene Faulk is a teacher, writer, storyteller and accomplished business woman. Through a zigzag trajectory, she discovered her calling with Tai Chi and has been teaching for more than 20 years in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois. In her award-winning blog, she interweaves Tai Chi principles and her own life experiences to inspire readers to live their best lives.

Her moving memoir, Walking on Pins and Needles: A Memoir of Chronic Resilience in the Face of Multiple Sclerosis, chronicles her inspiring story of how a chronic and debilitating health condition lacks the power to control our lives and stop us from moving in the direction of possibility. 


Deborah Wood Holton’s doctoral papers, which center on Lorraine Hansberry, are part of the Chicago Public Library’s Vivian Harsh Research Collection holdings.

Publications, such as “Musings on Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower,” in About Place, and “For Adults Only: Teaching Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed, A Competence Based Approach,” in the award-winning Modern Language Association volume, Approaches to Teaching Octavia E. Butler, reflect a merging of her ongoing Butler research and her NEH work on the Black Aesthetic.

Holton is also a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner. Founder of The Comfort Club, she led a series of online workshops fostering women’s self-care and nurturance. Holton has taught courses at the Newberry Library. She has facilitated Transition Network workshops and was a featured guest for both the WomenOver70 network and Chicago’s Roots Watering Hole, where she shared her knowledge and reflections on Chicago’s Black Arts Movement.

With great respect and pride, she is honored to be a part of Arlene Faulk’s book launch festivities.