Tammi Truax is a writer and a teacher and currently works as an elementary school teacher librarian, and sometimes as a Sankofa Scholar for the NH Black Heritage Trail. She completed graduate work in Italy and the U.S., earning a M.Ed. in library media studies. She has served as the Maine Beat Poet Laureate for 2018-2020, and the Portsmouth (NH) Poet Laureate for 2019-2022.
Her poetry has appeared in eleven anthologies, including The Widows’ Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival, with a foreword by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kent State University Press, 2014).
A young adult novel in verse, For to See the Elephants, was released in 2019. Her work can be found in several journals, newspapers, magazines, and online, including The Huffington Post, and she was a columnist at The Portsmouth Herald for ten years. Truax is making final edits to a two-book historical novel for adults from Oghma Creative Media.
ContactTammi TruaxEliot, ME email@example.comCell: 603-828-9837Tammitruax.com
As part of New Hampshire Humanities' Perspectives Book Groups, we're reading Never Caught, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful story about a daring woman of “extraordinary grit.” We will explore the facts about the escape to NH of Ona Judge, from the Washington presidential household, after reading this non-fiction book.
When George Washington was elected president, he reluctantly left behind his beloved Mount Vernon to serve in Philadelphia, the temporary seat of the nation’s capital. In setting up his household he brought along nine slaves, including Ona Judge. As the President grew accustomed to Northern ways, there was one change he couldn’t abide: Pennsylvania law required enslaved people be set free after six months of residency in the state. Rather than comply, Washington decided to circumvent the law. Every six months he sent the slaves back down south just as the clock was about to expire.Though Ona Judge lived a life of relative comfort, she was denied freedom. So, when the opportunity presented itself one clear and pleasant spring day in Philadelphia, Judge left everything she knew to escape to New England. Yet freedom would not come without its costs. At just twenty-two-years-old, Ona became the subject of an intense manhunt led by George Washington, who used his political and personal contacts to recapture his property.“A crisp and compulsively readable feat of research and storytelling” (USA TODAY), historian and National Book Award finalist Erica Armstrong Dunbar weaves a powerful tale and offers fascinating new scholarship on how one young woman risked everything to gain freedom from the famous founding father and most powerful man in the United States at the time.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE THE BOOK PRIOR TO DISCUSSION.
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As part of New Hampshire Humanities' Perspectives Book Groups, we're reading Peyton Place by Grace Metalious.
First published in 1956, Peyton Place uncovers the passions, lies and cruelties that simmer beneath the surface of a postcard-perfect town. At the centre of the novel are three women, each with a secret to hide: Constance MacKenzie, the original desperate housewife; her daughter Allison, whose dreams are stifled by small-town small-mindedness; and Selena Cross, her gypsy-eyed friend from the wrong side of the tracks.
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