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Author. Speaker. Artist. Friend.
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Painfully Honest

The tale of a recovering helper.
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My Story

Kathy Brooks is an artist, writer, social entrepreneur, and ally in the movement for justice. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia she spent a good portion of her adult life working with people in the margins of society, in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. Her writing is filled with painfully honest stories taken from her personal journey moving from a savior mentality to doing the work that builds up leaders, interdependence and lasting community development. 


 For 10 years she and her husband lived on the Island of Hispaniola in the beautiful country of Haiti. Here she learned the importance of changing the question from What do you Need, to What do you Have?   She learned to see marginalized people as the ones carrying the solutions. She founded 2nd Story Goods, learning to listen more and look deeper.  Genetically she comes from a long line of artists and creative types. Teaching her own six kids to write reignited the joy of writing and she has been doing it ever since.  This is her first book.  It’s about time.

What people are saying

"I met Kathy down in Gonaives, Haiti, a not-so-frequent destination on this planet. What a pleasure to get to know her and her work with 2nd Story goods! She’s an angel, hard at work, making this difficult world a little bit better. It’s an honor to hear her story.”


Co-Founder LIDE Haiti, actor, comedian, podcaster, producer, and writer. Dwight Schrute on The Office.  

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