In addition to reading the testimonials (scroll near bottom below) for Corn Hollow, please read testimonials from my latest development created as a result of Corn Hollow: BBE (Bridge Building to Equity) workshops. This workshop series deals with exploring tools to help dissolve discriminations of all kinds-racism, workplace bias, sexual orientation, gender, persons with disabilities and other differences, gender, age and religious discriminations.

Robert and I are so glad we participated in the workshop. It was very inspiring. It triggered all kinds of thoughts and new perspectives in our minds, which leads us to have new conversations on the subject. You did an awesome job, not only of leading it but the outstanding prep work that led to Friday`s performance. Actually building a bridge, slat by slat, is a very powerful visual. It`s ingrained in our brains. Cheers Denyse

I really appreciate the depth of preparation it took to “corral” your thoughts and experience along with the enormity of subject material into a viable information giving and experiential workshop. This is an enormous undertaking and I think you did a very good job. THANK YOU so much for your effort through understanding to help us all heal our planet together. With respect and love, Jayanti Alpert

The content and presentation of Friday’s workshop was excellent, and I saw how much careful preparation was involved.  Not only that, but I found your energy and creativity to be inspiring.Your long-term vision for developing the BBE workshops and making it available on a broader scale is a positive and tangible step forward in dealing with racism.  Congratulations on a successful first workshop.  My best, Catherine

Thank you for putting on such a great event! Thanks again!   Amber Kingery



CORN HOLLOW  Testimonials:

“I finished this manuscript in one sitting. From the first few pages, I cared about the narrator, her family, and her central question.My caring was rewarded, and renewed, by a wonderfully braided narrative of alternating foreshadowing and flashbacks, rich with opposition survival lore (unspeakable horror/pain met with practical wisdom, personal talent, and community coping.)

The story of life amid change and resistance to change—the South, 1950s-70s— is akin to The Secret Life of Bees, told this time by a curious, determined young black girl, as she becomes an informed young black woman, with answers to her question.

A great cast of characters, pivotal events, and esoteric practices—all give flesh to a tale of under-acknowledged societal forces impinging individual lives.

This book is lively and compelling; read it, please—it matters.”

Dr. Nancy Louise Knapp, Ed.D, holds degrees in history, counseling, administration and has experience as a graduate school professor, school superintendent, magazine/book editor, speaker and consultant.

“I like chapter 9, The Bus, and how the situation demonstrates Tamara’s naïve nature concerning overt racism in public and in private life. Also, I liked the threads in Corn Hollow that keep emerging with the black hair straightening issue and beliefs about having a light skin tone.”

Jasmine Horan Bangoura, MA, is a Southern Oregon University graduate who holds a Bachelor Degree in English and Education. She has editing experience working as an intern for a publishing company.

“This novel takes us back in time in the south to emphasize the personal struggles and joys of a black family during the Civil Rights era.  The author uses very interesting and creative descriptions in depicting all of the extraordinary events.  This is truly a creative as well as a historic novel.”

Memory Perry. MA, in English from Mills College.