Coming to the Table Writers

Many writers are members of Coming to the Table and are doing their part to fulfill the Mission and Vision of CTTT with their writing. Below are the names of many, including their areas of writing interests, select publications and websites:

Bailey, Sheri (playwright, novelist, essayist, poet): Southern Girls, (Dramatic Publishing, 1996), Summers in Suffolk (Telepoetics Publishing, 2005), “Nat Turner: 1st Battle of the Civil War” (Our Heritage Magazine); website

Baskerville, Dr. Ruth L. (Fiction, nonfiction, historical fiction): 3 published books: Hoodless Klan, Finding Humor in Grief, and Beauty for Ashes. website.

Berthelot, Adele (poetry, non-fiction, fiction and family history): “Island Road” (Ignatian Spirituality, April 2014); blog

Beumée, David Terrett (family history, poetry); contributing chapter, “The Terrett’s of Alexandria, an Essay of Atonement,” Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation; website.

Branan, Karen (nonfiction, journalism): The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth, (Simon and Schuster, 2016), articles published in Life, Ms., Mother Jones, and other magazines and newspaper; Contributor to Bittersweet blog; website.

Broussard, Antoinette L. (nonfiction, fiction, memoir, and family history); African American Celebrations and Holiday Traditions, (2000) by Citadel Press; Columbia Magazine (Washington Historical Society) article on Dr. Nettie Craig Asberry (2005); Contributor: African American National Biography, editors Henry Gates, Jr. and Evelyn Higgbotham by Oxford University Press (2008); website.

Cochran, Anthony (non‎fiction, U.S. History, and family history): self-published two genealogical texts (family histories) Kinship Ties, and Kinship Ties (2nd)

Collier, Kenneth W. (nonfiction, family history): The Great Wound: Confessions of a Slaveholding Family

Cook, Elon (fiction, non-fiction, family history, research papers for possible publication in scholarly journals): “Love Across the Battle Lines or Can You Love the Man Who Owns You?” (April 9, 2013); blog

Cumbo-Floyd, Andrea (creative nonfiction, family history): The Slaves Have Names (2013); website

Davis, Lynda (family history, journalism): wrote a history of a small Maryland neighborhood; several newspaper articles for the Northern Arundel Cultural Preservation Society (NACPS), including “Say it, sing it, show it or sew it. Voices of Legacy: It’s important to share Anne Arundel’s African American Stories” (The Maryland Gazette, May 17, 2014).

DeWolf, Thomas N. (nonfiction, fiction, memoir): Inheriting the Trade (Beacon Press, 2008), Gather at the Table (Beacon Press 2012), The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation (Skyhorse 2019), and a contributor to the CTTT Anthology, Slavery’s Descendants (Rutgers University Press 2019) Website.

Folse, Pamela (fiction, nonfiction, journalism): Bonfire Christmas: A Cajun Holiday Tradition (Blue Heron Press, 1994), A Sweet Surprise (Blue Heron Press, 1995), numerous magazine and newspaper articles on local interest and history.

Foreman, Laura Bowers (historical family fiction & non-fiction): “Coming to the Table,” (memoir published in the Whitefish Review Literary Journal); “Calling Forth,” (fiction published in the anthology Secret Histories); “Water of Life,” (fiction published in A River Runs Through Us, ABOUT PLACE JOURNAL)

Geddes, Jodie (non-fiction): The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation (Skyhorse 2019).

Harp, Stephanie (history, creative nonfiction): Contributor: Bullets and Fire: Lynching and Authority in Arkansas, 1840-1950 (2018); “A Gastronomic Home” (Arkansauce); “Inheriting Home: The Skeletons in Pa’s Closet” (America’s Black Holocaust Museum); Presenter: “Without Sanctuary: A Conference on Lynching and the American South,” “Identity • Memory • Testimony.” website.

Hayter-Menzies, Grant Hayter-Menzies, Grant (nonfiction, journalism, family history, etc.): The Lost War Horses of Cairo: The Passion of Dorothy Brooke (Allen & Unwin UK 2018), From Stray Dog to World War I Hero: The Paris Terrier Who Joined the First Division (Potomac Books 2015), Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton (McGill- Queen’s University Press 2013), The North Door: Echoes of Slavery in a New England Family (Old Johnson Place Publishing 2019), and six others. Website.

Jackson, Eileen M. PhD, RN (nonfiction, poetry, screenplay, family history): Select publications: (2017) Pearl and Me: Daughters of the Plantation, in The Light, Ed. Rose, Albert. Freeland, WA.; (2016) Beloved Community: Dreaming the Impossible Dream, in The Light (ibid); (1993) Whiting out difference: Why U.S. nursing research fails Black families, Medical Anthropology Quarterly 7(94): 264-285. Website.

Jenkins, Sarah (nonfiction): This Side of Nirvana: Memoirs of a Spiritually Challenged Buddhist (Fair Winds, 2001); Hello At Last: Embracing the Koan of Friendship & Meditation (Windhorse, 2007); editor of Lift Every Voice! African American History in Haywood County, North Carolina (2017); website.

 Jessup White, Gayle (nonfiction, journalism, family history, and genealogy): “DNA Does Not Lie, and Neither Did Aunt Peachy” (The Root, April 4, 2014), “Finding Humanity in the Past” (University of Virginia Library, September 20, 2014)

Kohrs, Sarah (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalism, family history): published in myriad journals and magazines; website

Lewis, True A. (family history): blog

Marty, Debian (Underground Railroad history, family history, communication ethics): Dialogue and Deliberation (Waveland Press, 2013), “One More River to Cross: The Crosswhites’ Escape from Slavery” in A Fluid Frontier: Freedom, Slavery and the Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland (Wayne State Univ, Press, coming 2015); website

Moncure Thomas, Patricia (nonfiction, family history): Moncure Place: Connecting Family and Friends (2003; now in 8th), Lillian Walker: Washington State Civil rights Pioneer (Kitsap County Black History Collaboration, 2010); website

Morgan, Sharon Leslie (nonfiction, fiction, memoir, business): Gather at the Table (Beacon Press, 2012); Paris in a Pot (Morgan Publishing, 2017); Real Women Cook (Binamu Media, 2015). Website.

Nokes, R. Gregory (nonfiction, journalism) Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon (2009), Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory (2013), The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett: Oregon Pioneer and First Governor of California (2018); website.

Pearmain, Elisa (family history, folktales): Doorways to the Soul: 52 Wisdom Tales from around the World (Pilgrim Press,1998), Once Upon a Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying (Character Development Group, 2006), Forgiveness: Telling our Stories in New Ways (Double CD, 2013); website

Robinson, Trina Michelle (essay, screenplay, family history) Contributor to NPR’s The Moth Radio Hour; creator of video essays The Call and Berea; website

Rundquist, Elizabeth (poetry, essay); website

Sasanov, Catherine (Poetry and poetic essay): Had Slaves (Firewheel Editions); “In Search of the Woman Markd Y” in the Poetic Research column at Common-place, Vol. 15, No. 2, Winter 2015. Unpublished but important: extensive notes from five years of research on the black Steeles of Greene County, Missouri, are held in the Greene County Archives, Springfield, Missouri. The research went into writing the book, Had Slaves.

Singer, Tonya Ward (Nonfiction and poetry): Published books Breaking Down the Wall, EL Excellence Every Day and Opening Doors to Equity; website.

Sizemore, Bill (nonfiction, journalism, memoir, family history): A Far, Far Better Thing: Did a Fatal Attraction Lead to a Wrongful Conviction? (Lantern Books, 2017); Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery (Brandylane Publishers, 2018); website

Stainton, Leslie (creative nonfiction): Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts(Penn State University Press, 2014); Lorca: A Dream of Life (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1999); website

Strauss, Jill (nonfiction, poetry, journalism, family history, academic): “The Art of Acknowledgment: Re-Imagining Relationships in Northern Ireland” (in Reparation for Victims of Crimes against Humanity: The Healing Role of Reparation, Routledge, 2014), “Rewards and Challenges of Exhibiting Peace at the Canadian War Museum Peace and Conflict” (Journal of Peace Psychology 19 (4), 399–407; 2013), “What More is Going on in this Picture? An Intergenerational Cross-Community Storytelling and Visual Art Project,” (New York Macy Gallery, Teachers College Columbia University, 2010)

Tichy, Susan (poetry, nonfiction): Trafficke (coming from Ahsahta Press, March 2015), Gallowglass (Ahsahta Press, 2010), Bone Pagoda (Ahsahta Press, 2007); blog, website

Westrick, A.B. (Anne) (fiction): Brotherhood (Viking/Penguin Random House 2013); blog; website.

Williams, Rodney (memoir, family history, nonfiction): “Does Your Cell Phone Believe in Ghosts?” (One for the Table, 2012); website

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